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Legal news from Wednesday, October 26, 2011

[JURIST] Four candidates were named Tuesday as potential successors to International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] when his nine-year term expires next year. The Search Committee for the position of the Prosecutor of the ICC [official website] submitted [Reuters report] its consensus report [report … [read more]

[JURIST] Son of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive] Saif al-Islam Gaddafi and former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi have reportedly attempted to leave Libya in an effort to surrender themselves to the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website], according to the National Transitional Council (NTC) … [read more]

[JURIST] Former Goldman Sachs [corporate website] Director Rajat Gupta was arrested [complaint, PDF] Wednesday on five counts of securities fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud. The charges come in connection to his relationship with Raj Rajaratnam [JURIST news archive], co-founder of the Galleon Group, who was … [read more]

[JURIST] Uruguay's Senate [official website, in Spanish] voted [press release, in Spanish] 16-15 Tuesday to revoke the amnesty law of 1986, which prevents investigations, adjudications and human rights prosecutions of military junta officials during their regime between 1973-1985. The vote was supported by the Broad Front coalition (Frente Amplio) [party … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Chamber of Commerce [official website] filed an amicus brief [text, PDF] on Tuesday asking the Supreme Court [official website] to agree to resolve the deepening legal conflict over the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) [text; JURIST backgrounder]. The National Chamber Litigation Center … [read more]

[JURIST] Brazil's High Court of Justice [official website, in Portuguese] on Tuesday upheld [press release, in Portuguese] the same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive] of two women. The court voted 4-1 in favor [AFP report] of recognizing same-sex marriages. The ruling was necessary following a number of disparate rulings by lower … [read more]

[JURIST] The family of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary] announced Wednesday that they plan to file a complaint against NATO with the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official websites] for its alleged role in Gaddafi's death [JURIST report]. Lawyer for the Gaddafi family, Marcel Ceccaldi, spoke to France-based radio … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina [official website] on Tuesday issued a preliminary injunction [text, PDF], blocking part of the state's abortion law that required a physician to perform an ultrasound and describe the images to the patient. The judge ruled … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Tuesday reinstated [opinion, PDF] a lawsuit by Papua New Guinea [BBC backgrounder] citizens against mining company Rio Tinto [corporate website] on claims of genocide and war crimes. Allowing the suit under the Alien Tort Statute [text], the … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Monday ordered [text, PDF] the federal government to release a memorandum concerning the Secure Communities Program [materials], a controversial immigration [JURIST news archive] program that forces the release of local law enforcement … [read more]

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