Legal news from Friday, September 9, 2011

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights [official website] expressed concern Friday over increased ethnic violence [press release] in Nigeria's "Middle Belt" region [Nigerian Newsday backgrounder] between Christians and Muslims. The report states that up to 70 people have been killed since August, and, in order … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Mississippi [official website] on Thursday ruled [opinion, PDF] that an initiative seeking to redefine personhood can be placed on the November 2011 general election ballot. The initiative, Measure 26 [materials], would amend the Mississippi Constitution to define the word "person" or "persons" to include "every … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] on Thursday dismissed two lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) [HR 3590 text; JURIST backgrounder]. In Virginia v. Sebelius [opinion, PDF], the court held that Virginia lacked standing to sue … [read more]

[JURIST] The European Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website] ruled [case materials; press release, PDF] Thursday that France's ban on the cultivation of a genetically modified (GM) maize was illegal. Although France has the right to impose a ban on GM maize, the court stated that France acted illegally by … [read more]

[JURIST] The UK Department of Health (DH) [official website] announced Thursday that it will lift the lifetime ban on blood donations [press release] from men who have had sex with other men. Britain introduced the lifetime ban in the 1980s in an effort to quell the proliferation of HIV and … [read more]

[JURIST] The Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court, Maureen O'Connor [official profile], on Thursday announced the formation of a joint task force between the Supreme Court of Ohio and the Ohio State Bar Association [official websites] that will review the procedures [text] surrounding Ohio's death penalty [JURIST news archive] … [read more]

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina Legal Foundation (ACLU-NCLF) [advocacy website] on Thursday filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] in the federal district court for the Eastern District of North Carolina challenging a North Carolina state law authorizing the use of pro-life license plates as a violation of … [read more]

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