Legal news from Friday, September 2, 2011

[JURIST] The European Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) [official website] on Friday charged 10 former members of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) with war crimes for their actions during the 1998-1999 war in Kosovo [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The individuals were previously arrested in March [JURIST report]. … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN on Friday criticized Israel for using excessive force [report, PDF] during a May 2010 flotilla incident [JURIST news archive], in which Israeli forces raided several Turkish ships bound for the blockaded Gaza Strip [BBC backgrounder]. In a UN-produced report released by the New York Times amid objections … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit [official website] on Friday partially upheld [opinion, PDF] a South Dakota law which expanded the requirements for informed consent for abortion [HB 1166 materials]. The court upheld the provision that requires doctors to tell patients prior to an abortion "that … [read more]

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama on Friday requested the withdrawal of national smog standards [press release] proposed by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website]. The draft Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards [materials] would have reduced the amount of smog emissions to between 0.060 and 0.070 parts per … [read more]

[JURIST] Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC) [official website] assured world leaders on Friday that Libya will be a society of tolerance and respect for the rule of law. During a meeting [BBC report] in Paris chaired by French President Nicolas Sarkozy, NTC leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil [BBC profiles] vowed to … [read more]

[JURIST] Sri Lanka will continue to outlaw the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) [JURIST news archive] and detain terror suspects indefinitely despite lifting emergency laws, officials announced Thursday. The laws restricting civil and political rights for the past 30 years expired on Tuesday after the Parliament [official website] did … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi [official website] ruled this week that a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the health care reform law [JURIST backgrounder] will be allowed to proceed. The lawsuit was filed by citizens of Mississippi, including the state's Lt. … [read more]

[JURIST] A three-judge panel sitting for the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday that immigrants who are imprisoned while fighting deportation cannot be held indefinitely without a bail hearing and that the government must justify the need for the prolonged detention. The … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN-backed Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website] on Wednesday concluded three days of hearings [UN News Centre report] in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh aimed at determining whether two senior Khmer Rouge [BBC backgrounder] leaders are fit enough to stand trial on accusations of … [read more]

[JURIST] Lawyers for the US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday asked the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official websites] to overturn a ruling that the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy (DADT) [10 USC § 654; JURIST news archive] is a violation of service members' constitutional rights. … [read more]

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