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Legal news from Thursday, September 29, 2011

[JURIST] The Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) [official website] issued an arrest warrant for former prime minister Al Baghdadi Ali Al-Mahmoudi on Wednesday. Al-Mahmoudi was arrested in Tunisia [JURIST report] last week and sentenced to six months in prison for illegally entering the country. The conviction was overturned [BBC report] … [read more]

[JURIST] US Congressmen Edward Markey (D-MA) and Joe Barton (R-TX), co-chairs of the Congressional Privacy Caucus, sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) [official websites] on Wednesday asking the FTC to investigate allegations that Facebook [website] is tracking users' activities even after they have logged out of the … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Cambodia Surya Subedi [official profile] on Wednesday urged the Cambodian government to review a proposed law that would hinder non-governmental organization (NGO) efforts in the country. The proposed Law on Associations and Non-Governmental Organisations (LANGO) would force potential NGOs to meet … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] Wednesday officially referred charges against a high-profile Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee who allegedly planned the 2000 attack on the USS Cole [JURIST news archive] that left 17 sailors dead and 37 others injured. Saudi-born former millionaire Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri … [read more]

[JURIST] The Court of Appeal of Paris [official website, in French] on Wednesday rejected a request from Rwandan officials to extradite Agathe Habyarimana, widow of assassinated Rwandan president Juvenal Habyarimana [Britannica profile], to Rwanda to face trial on genocide charges. Habyarimana has been accused of helping to plan the 1994 … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Alabama on Wednesday refused to block key parts of Alabama's recently passed immigration law. Chief Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn, in a 115-page memorandum opinion [text, PDF], ruled that the federal government's challenge to the Beason-Hammon Alabama Taxpayer … [read more]

[JURIST] The Ivory Coast government on Wednesday launched a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to resolve conflicts stemming from the widespread post-election violence [JURIST news archive] that took place earlier this year. The 11-member commission, modeled on similar efforts [AP report] taken by South Africa during the post-apartheid era, is composed … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Mexico [official website, in Spanish] on Wednesday upheld a state right-to-life constitutional amendment that says life begins at conception. The amendment effectively bans abortions [AP report] in Mexico's northern Baja California state. Seven of 11 justices on the court, who argued that the issue was … [read more]

[JURIST] A UK High Court judge ruled [judgment, PDF] Wednesday that a brain-damaged woman in a "minimally conscious" state does not meet statutory requirements to allow her family to discontinue life-sustaining treatment. The woman, known as "M," contracted viral encephalitis in February 2003, fell into a coma and subsequently emerged … [read more]

[JURIST] Both the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] and a group of 26 states filed petitions with the US Supreme Court [official website] Wednesday seeking a ruling on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) [HR 3590 text; JURIST backgrounder]. The petitions for certiorari … [read more]

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