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Legal news from Monday, August 15, 2011

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Monday reinstated [opinion, PDF] a lawsuit filed by an African American firefighter claiming the firefighter promotion exams used in the city of New Haven, Connecticut, are discriminatory. In 2003, the New Haven Civil Service Board (CSB) had … [read more]

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Monday called on Egyptian authorities to drop charges [press release] against a female blogger accused of insulting Egyptian armed forces and inciting the use of violence on Twitter [official website]. Asmaa Mahfouz, 26, voiced her concern about Egypt's justice system and the military … [read more]

[JURIST] An Arkansas judge on Monday ruled that part of the state's law governing executions is unconstitutional. The provision in state law allowing "any other chemical or chemicals" to be used for lethal injections violates [AP report] the constitution's protection against cruel and unusual punishment, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Monday accused [press release] all parties to Somalia's ongoing armed conflict of engaging in rights violations and urged the parties to immediately end abuses against citizens. In a report entitled "You Don't Know Who To Blame: War Crimes in Somalia" [text, PDF], … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN on Monday called for a thorough investigation [press release] into alleged violations of international law and war crimes in the Southern Kordofan area of Sudan [BBC backgrounder]. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the former UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) [official websites] … [read more]

[JURIST] The Serbian government filed an amicus curiae on Friday in a Nevada court seeking to block the execution of a Serbian citizen on the grounds that the country's consulate was not informed of the man's arrest in 1994. Serbia contends that Avram Nika, convicted of killing of a man … [read more]

[JURIST] The corruption and murder trial of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak [Al Jazeera profile; JURIST news archive] resumed on Monday. Mubarak is on trial for murder, attempted killing of protesters and other charges related to general abuse of power [Al Jazeera report] stemming from his response to pro-democracy demonstrations … [read more]

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