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Legal news from Friday, August 5, 2011

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Israel [official website, in Hebrew] on Tuesday issued for the first time an order for the Israeli government to dismantle an illegal outpost in the West Bank. The order calls for Migron, the largest outpost in the West Bank, to be razed by the end … [read more]

[JURIST] The Guardian [media website] released a top secret document [text] Thursday revealing details [Guardian report] about the interrogation policies of UK intelligence officials. The document indicates that officers from the UK security and secret intelligence agencies, MI5 and MI6 [official websites], respectively, were instructed to weigh the severity of … [read more]

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] appealed [press release] a case over same-sex domestic partnerships Thursday to the the Montana Supreme Court [official website], arguing that denying partnership rights to same-sex couples violates the state constitution [text, PDF]. The ACLU filed a notice of appeal [text, PDF] … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Cuba [official website, in Spanish] on Friday upheld [Cubadebate report, in Spanish] a 15-year sentence [JURIST report] for Alan Gross, a US citizen accused of "acts against the independence or integrity of the state." Gross was arrested in 2009 and has served 20 months of … [read more]

[JURIST] Ukrainian Judge Rodion Kireyev on Friday ordered the arrest of former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [personal website; JURIST news archive], also imposing a travel ban. Reversing a decision he made last week [JURIST report], Kireyev arrested Tymoshenko [press release] on contempt charges. A blockade of supporters started a brawl … [read more]

[JURIST] The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) [official website] expressed concern [press release] Friday over Belarus' handling of human rights activists and its efforts to silence opposition. OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Audronius Azubalis, said that the situation in Belarus is amounting to persecution of dissenters, citing … [read more]

[JURIST] The American Psychological Association (APA) [official website] voted unanimously Thursday to adopt a resolution [text] supporting full marriage equality for same-sex couples. Just before the opening day of the APA's annual convention [official website], a 157-member policymaking body adopted the position that the federal government and state legislatures should … [read more]

[JURIST] Sixteen countries on Wednesday filed briefs in the US District Court for the Northern District of Alabama [official website] against the controversial Alabama immigration law [HB 56 text] that expands restrictions on undocumented immigrants. Central and South American countries, including Mexico, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil and Colombia, argue that the … [read more]

[JURIST] A three-judge panel for the California First District Court of Appeals [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously on Thursday that DNA samples cannot be taken broadly from any adult arrested or charged with a felony. Striking down a 2004 voter-enacted provision [Propostition 69 materials] of the DNA and Forensic … [read more]

[JURIST] Canadian Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee and convict Omar Khadr [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] fired his defense lawyers Wednesday with no explanation, according to a directive [text, PDF] obtained by Miami Herald Thursday. Khadr released his two Edmonton-based lawyers, Dennis Edney and Nathan Whitling, with Toronto-based attorneys … [read more]

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