Legal news from Tuesday, August 9, 2011

[JURIST] The Sri Lankan government on Tuesday announced it would lift emergency laws that have been in place for 30 years, though Parliament [official website] would renew [text] some provisions temporarily. The emergency laws were established [Hindustan Times report] during the nearly 30-year civil war with the Liberation Tigers of … [read more]

[JURIST] A Ugandan court Tuesday acquitted opposition leader Kizza Besigye [JURIST news archive] of charges of rioting and inciting violence. Besigye was arrested earlier this year [JURIST report] in connection with protests against rising food and fuel costs. The protests were known as the "Walk to Work" protests [VOA report] … [read more]

[JURIST] A Zambian court on Tuesday ruled that President Rupiah Banda can run for re-election. The country's opposition party, the Patriotic Front (PF) [party website], had alleged that Banda's father was born in Malawi [BBC report], a factor that would prohibit Banda from running for office pursuant to the Zambian … [read more]

[JURIST] The US International Trade Commission (USITC) [official website] announced Monday that it will investigate a claim [press release] made last month [JURIST report] by Apple [corporate website; Bloomberg backgrounder] that HTC [corporate website; Bloomberg backgrounder] committed patent infringement related to touchscreen and scrolling features. Alleging that HTC violated section … [read more]

[JURIST] A three-judge panel from the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Monday upheld a law banning campaign finance contributions from foreigners. Two Canadian citizens filed suit against the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) [official website], arguing that they should be permitted to contribute … [read more]

[JURIST] Zimbabwe security forces are running illegal mining camps [BBC report] in the country's Marange area where recruited civilian workers are regularly tortured and forced into labor, the BBC reported Monday. According to the report, workers are subject to mauling by dogs, multiple beatings and rape. The camps, one of … [read more]

[JURIST] The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) [advocacy website] on Monday filed an amicus curiae brief [text, PDF] seeking to uphold an Indiana state law [HEA 1210 text] that would block Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood of Indiana (PPIN) [advocacy website] and other organizations providing abortion services. The … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that a torture suit against former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld [JURIST news archive] can proceed. Two American citizens brought a cause of action recognized in Bivens v. Six Unknown Named Agents of the Federal … [read more]

[JURIST] The Guatemalan Constitutional Court [official website, in Spanish] on Monday ruled that former first lady Sandra Torres is ineligible to run for the office of president because of her relationship to current President Alvaro Colom [official website], her ex-husband. Torres and Colom divorced earlier this year [BBC report] after … [read more]

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