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Legal news from Monday, October 3, 2011

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] opened its 2011 term Monday with oral arguments [day call, PDF] in two cases. In Reynolds v. United States [transcript, PDF; JURIST report], the court heard arguments on the retroactive application of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) [final guidelines, PDF], … [read more]

[JURIST] A Bahrain [JURIST news archive] civilian-military court on Monday sentenced numerous protesters to lengthy prison terms, including 14 people who were sentenced to life (or 25 years) in prison for their involvement in the death of a Pakistani man that was "committed with a terrorist aim." The National Safety … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Monday demanded the resignation [text] of the two judges responsible for indictments at the Cambodian tribunal on Khmer Rouge [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] war crimes. HRW alleges that the two investigating judges for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia … [read more]

[JURIST] California Governor Jerry Brown [official website] on Sunday announced that he has signed into law [press release] a bill that will prevent local governments from banning male circumcision. The legislation, AB 768 [text, PDF], "preclude[s] a city, county, or city and county ordinance, regulation, or administrative action from prohibiting … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court [ICC] [official website] on Monday granted the request [decision, PDF] of Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] to open an investigation into war crimes committed on the Ivory Coast during post-election violence [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] since last November. The ICC announced [press release], … [read more]

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