Legal news from Wednesday, July 6, 2011
15:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Wednesday lifted a stay [order, PDF] in Log Cabin Republicans v. USA [case materials], ordering an immediate end to enforcement of the military's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" (DADT) policy [10 USC § 654 text; JURIST news archive], [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] An appeals court on Wednesday rejected convicted former Illinois governor George Ryan's appeal seeking to overturn his 2006 conviction on corruption charges. The 77-year-old Ryan was convicted [JURIST report] in 2006 on multiple counts of corruption and fraud [indictment, PDF] in connection with a bribes-for-licenses scandal that occurred during [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] Women around the world are still facing discrimination, according to a report [text, PDF; materials] released Wednesday by UN Women [official website] detailing the legal and humanitarian struggles of women across the globe. The report, "Progress of the World's Women: In Pursuit of Justice," is the first out of [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] Libyan Judge Khalifa Isa Khalifa announced Wednesday that charges are being filed against 21 rebels attempting to overthrow Libyan leader Mummar Gaddafi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Charges include [AP report] facilitating foreign intervention in Libya [JURIST backgrounder], providing aid and military secrets to the enemy and seeking to [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Obama administration has brought Somali terror suspect Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame to the US to face a civil trial in New York, a decision that has sparked harsh criticism. Warsame was captured by US forces in April [CNN report] somewhere in the Gulf region and detained on a US [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Organization Stabilization Mission in DR Congo (MONUSCO) released a report [text, PDF] confirming the use of rape as a weapon of war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) [BBC backgrounder] last summer, but continued investigations were suspended on Wednesday due to reprisal attacks on rape [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Idaho [official website] has issued a preliminary injunction [ruling text, PDF] blocking the enforcement of an Idaho anti-union law [SB 1007] that bans a union program that subsidizes employment for its members. The law, called the Fairness in [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens [official website] filed a notice of appeal [press release] in the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia [official website] on Tuesday, stating that he plans to appeal the recent injunction [JURIST report] of a controversial immigration bill [HB 87 text]. Judge [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Syria security forces may have committed crimes against humanity during an operation to suppress demonstrations in the Western town of Tell Kalakh, according to an Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] report [text, PDF; press release] published Wednesday. AI said that its investigation revealed that during a security sweep in [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Russian President Dmitry Medvedev [official profile; JURIST news archive] said that the death of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky in pre-trial was the result of criminal acts, differing from the previous explanation that had blamed prison doctors. Medvedev was presented with a report [AFP report] on Magnitsky's death during a [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) [official website, in Ukrainian] announced on Tuesday that they are launching a criminal investigation [press release, in Ukrainian] into United Energy Systems of Ukraine (UESU), an energy company at one time headed by former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [personal website; JURIST news archive]. [read more]

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