Legal news from Thursday, August 11, 2011

[JURIST] Egypt's interim government, the Cabinet of Ministers [official website] decided at Thursday's meeting [meeting notes, in Arabic] to begin measures to end Egypt's state of emergency [JURIST news archives] that has been in effect for nearly 30 years. The Egyptian Supreme Council of the Armed Forces [NYT backgrounder] announced … [read more]

[JURIST] The Alabama Attorney General's Office [official website] on Wednesday requested that a certified question be answered by the Alabama Supreme Court [official website] before the legal battle over the state's controversial immigration law [HB 56 text] commences in the US District Court for the Northern District of Alabama [official … [read more]

[JURIST] A representative for the UN Mission in the Ivory Coast (MINUCI) [official website] confirmed that forces loyal to President Alassane Ouattara [BBC profile; political website, in French] are continuing to kill civilians and opposition members in his name, with 26 killings reported between July 11 and August 10. There … [read more]

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] called Wednesday for justice system reform in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) [BBC backgrounder]. The report [text, PDF] states that the justice system has allowed the Congolese army and other armed groups to engage in a "cycle of violence and human rights violations … [read more]

[JURIST] A class action lawsuit [text, PDF] filed Tuesday in the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] alleges that Apple [corporate website] and five major publishers colluded to illegally fix electronic book (e-book) prices. The complaint alleges that Apple and publishing companies, including HarperCollins, Hachette … [read more]

[JURIST] Pakistan extradited Umar Patek, the confessed bomb maker in the 2002 Bali nightclub bombing [BBC backgrounder], to Indonesia on Thursday. Patek will be charged [Jakarta Post report] under the Indonesian criminal code rather than its terrorism laws. Reportedly, he will be charged with premeditated murder under the Emergency Law … [read more]

[JURIST] A Pennsylvania judge was sentenced Wednesday to 28 years in prison for his participation in a juvenile sentencing scandal [JURIST news archive]. Mark Ciavarella Jr., a former judge in Pennsylvania's Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas [official website], was accused of receiving nearly $1 million in kickbacks for sentencing … [read more]

[JURIST] The state of Arizona on Wednesday filed a petition for writ of certiorari [text, PDF] with the US Supreme Court [official website] seeking to overturn a lower court decision enjoining four provisions of Arizona's controversial immigration law [SB 1070 materials; JURIST news archive]. The US Court of Appeals for … [read more]

[JURIST] A Vietnam court sentenced blogger and professor Pham Minh Hoang [blog, in Vietnamese], alias Phan Kien Quoc, to three years in prison Wednesday for anti-government articles, accusing him of "attempted subversion." Hoang reportedly joined the pro-democracy group Viet Tan [political website, in Vietnamese], which is banned in Vietnam as … [read more]

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