Legal news from Friday, September 16, 2011

[JURIST] Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte [official profile] announced on Friday that the government will propose legislation to ban burqas [JURIST news archive] and other face coverings. The proposal is being submitted in cooperation with conservative politician Geert Wilders [official website, in Dutch; JURIST news archive] and the Party for … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Friday opened the confirmation of charges hearing against accused war criminal Callixte Mbarushimana [case materials]. Mbarushimana, former leader of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) [GlobalSecurity backgrounder], is charged with 13 counts of war crimes and crimes against … [read more]

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] signed the America Invents Act [text, PDF; HR 1249 materials] into law on Friday. The Senate [official website] approved the bill earlier this month [JURIST report], and the House of Representatives [official website] approved the bill in June [JURIST report]. The act represents … [read more]

[JURIST] The Spanish National Court on Thursday sentenced [text, PDF, in Spanish] a former Basque separatist to 10 years in prison for terrorism and trying to resurrect a banned political wing of Euzkadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA) [GlobalSecurity backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The court found [El Pais report, in Spanish] that … [read more]

[JURIST] The UK Parliament [official website] on Thursday approved the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill [materials], making it more difficult for ordinary citizens to obtain arrest warrants for suspected war criminals present in the UK. The controversial act [AP report] removes the exclusive power of granting arrest warrants from … [read more]

[JURIST] Two Republican Congressmen have sent a letter [text; PDF] to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta [official profile] asking to delay the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) [10 USC § 654; JURIST news archive], scheduled to go into effect next Tuesday. Congressman Buck McKeon (R-CA), the Chairman of the … [read more]

[JURIST] An Egyptian criminal court on Thursday sentenced three associates of former president Hosni Mubarak [JURIST news archive] to prison and ordered them to pay fines after they were found guilty on charges of corruption that occurred under the Mubarak regime. Ahmed Ezz, a steel tycoon and former ranking member … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida [official website] on Wednesday temporarily enjoined [ruling, PDF] a Florida law restricting what physicians can ask or say about firearms to their patients as violative of the doctors' First Amendment rights. Under the Firearm Owners' Privacy … [read more]

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