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Legal news from Friday, August 12, 2011

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 2-1 Friday that the individual mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) [HR 3590; JURIST news archive] is unconstitutional. Although the decision [JURIST report] in the US District Court for the Northern … [read more]

[JURIST] The Arizona Court of Appeals [official website] on Thursday ended a two-year injunction [ruling, PDF] on portions of a law [HB 2564 text, PDF] that restricted abortion [JURIST news archive] practices. The original injunction by the Maricopa County Superior Court [official website] held the following provisions as "undue burdens" … [read more]

[JURIST] The District Court of Rotterdam [official website, in Dutch] sentenced [press release, DOC] five Somali men on Friday to prison terms ranging from four to seven years for acts of maritime piracy [JURIST news archive]. All five of the sentenced pirates were discovered in a navy supply ship off … [read more]

[JURIST] Relatives of former Tunisian president Zine Al Abidine Ben Ali [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] were sentenced [TAP News Agency report] on Friday, while one notable ally, his security chief Ali al-Seriati, was acquitted on charges of forgery. All were sentenced on varying charges related to aiding Ben Ali … [read more]

[JURIST] The president of the UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) [official website] made a public plea [press release] on Thursday for the four men wanted for killing former prime minister Rafik Hariri [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to turn themselves in. Judge Antonio Cassese guaranteed a fair trial and … [read more]

[JURIST] The Kiev Appeals Court on Friday refused [press release] the appeal by former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [personal website; JURIST news archive] of her detention for contempt charges [JURIST report]. The judge stated Tymoshenko had no legal grounds to contest her recent arrest. Tymoshenko plans on appealing [press release] … [read more]

[JURIST] Convicted Nazi commander Josef Scheungraber, 93, will likely not serve his life sentence [JURIST report] due to mental health issues [Sueddeutsche Zeitung report, in German]. Scheungraber has consistently claimed innocence, and his lawyer, Gunter Widmaier, has been appealing his conviction since 2009. It was only recently that claims of … [read more]

[JURIST] A New York judge on Thursday dismissed a suit seeking to force an investigation of New York-licensed Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] psychologist Dr. John Leso for his development of interrogation techniques. The Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA) and the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) [advocacy websites] … [read more]

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