Legal news from Friday, July 1, 2011

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that Proposal 2 [text; JURIST news archive], an amendment to the Michigan Constitution [text, PDF] banning affirmative action in public employment, public education and state contracting, is unconstitutional. The court ruled that this unduly … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Friday dismissed [opinion, PDF] a case brought by Washington state, South Carolina and other local governments challenging the Depart of Energy (DOE) [official website] failure to make a permanent nuclear waste repository [Berkeley Lab backgrounder] … [read more]

[JURIST] The Ivory Coast issued international arrest warrants Friday for aides of former president Laurent Gbagbo [BBC profile]. The prosecutor's office in the capital Abidjan issued the warrants [Reuters report], most notably for Charles Ble Goude, the leader of Gbagbo's youth militia, accusing him of inciting ethnic violence and attacks … [read more]

[JURIST] US Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) [official website] Janet Napolitano [official profile] on Friday criticized [Reuters] other nations for not advancing and embracing new technology, thus leaving themselves open to attacks from cyber-criminals. At an international security conference in Vienna, Napolitano called for an international legal framework to defend … [read more]

[JURIST] Officials from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] appealed [UN News Centre report] to Texas Governor Rick Perry [official website] Friday to stop the execution of Mexican national Humberto Leal Garcia [advocacy website], alleging he did not receive a fair trial. When … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Office of the Commissioner on Human Rights [official website] Independent Expert on foreign debt and human rights, Cephas Lumina, warned Greece that implementation of the latest batch of austerity measures to solve its economic crisis [BBC backgrounder] could result in serious violations of basic human rights, Lumina said … [read more]

[JURIST] A Shchyolkovo town court ruled [statement text, in Russian] Thursday that the main texts of Scientology, including What Is Scientology?, are "calls to extremist activity" and placed them on the Federal List of Extremist Materials [text, in Russian], effectively banning them in Russia. The judge ruled, based on expert … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of South Dakota [official website] issued a preliminary injunction [order, PDF] Thursday blocking a South Dakota abortion regulation [HB 1217] requiring a 72-hour waiting period. Judge Karen Shreier ruled that the American Civil Liberties Union of South Dakota (ACLUSD) … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] said Thursday that the recent wave of Middle East and North African protests and revolutions showed a basic need for human rights [text]. Pillay recounted [summary text] the efforts of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] in … [read more]

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