Legal news from Wednesday, November 9, 2011

[JURIST] Sixteen Latin American, Caribbean and South American governments have filed supporting briefs in a lawsuit filed last week [JURIST report] by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] challenging the South Carolina's newly adopted immigration law [SB 20 text]. The briefs contend that the new law will "impede … [read more]

[JURIST] A trial court in the West Indian state of Gujarat [official website] on Wednesday convicted 31 people of crimes committed during the 2002 Gujarat riots. The guilty were convicted [BBC report] of murder, arson and rioting while charges criminal conspiracy were dropped by the court. All 31 of the … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO) [official website] on Tuesday urged the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) government to take appropriate actions to successfully abolish election-related violence [report, PDF] before the upcoming presidential election on November 28. UNJHRO reported 188 cases of human rights violations related to … [read more]

[JURIST] A Tunisian appellate court ruled Tuesday that a Libyan senior official who served under Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive] should be extradited back to Libya. Al-Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], Gaddafi's former prime minister, was ordered to be extradited following his conviction [BBC report] … [read more]

[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] said Wednesday new charges may be warranted against those close to former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive]. According to Ocampo, an investigation into the use of rape by Gaddafi forces [Reuters report] is … [read more]

[JURIST] Ohio voters on Tuesday rejected Senate Bill 5 [SB 5 text, PDF], which would have impacted Ohio's 400,000 public workers by limiting their ability to strike and collectively bargain for health insurance and pensions. It would have mandated that public workers pay 15 percent of their health insurance premiums … [read more]

[JURIST] Citizens of Ohio voted Tuesday with a 65 percent majority to pass Proposition 3 [text, PDF], an amendment to the Ohio Constitution [PDF] which mandates that no rule or law can compel people, employers or health care providers in their state to "participate in a health care system." It … [read more]

[JURIST] International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] prosecutor Serge Brammertz [official profile] on Tuesday requested assistance from Serbian authorities to determine who helped certain war criminals remain undetected for many years. Specifically, Brammertz seeks to discover [AP report] who assisted former Serbian general Ratko Mladic [ICTY … [read more]

[JURIST] The US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] Tuesday ordered Galleon Group hedge fund founder Raj Rajaratnam [WSJ archive] to pay an unprecedented civil penalty for insider trading. In a thorough analysis of the appropriate amount of the fine, Judge Jed Rakoff handed down … [read more]

[JURIST] Mississippi voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved an amendment to the state constitution limiting the power of eminent domain [Cornell LII backgrounder] in the state. The approved measure [initiative, PDF] would prohibit, with certain exceptions, state and local government from conveying acquired private property to other persons or private businesses … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] issued a ruled [text] 2-1 on Tuesday to uphold the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) [HP 3590 text; JURIST news archive]. Senior Circuit Judges Laurence Silberman in his opinion affirmed … [read more]

[JURIST] Mississippi voters on Tuesday approved the Mississippi Voter Identification Petition [materials] by 62 percent, creating a new requirement that voters show government-issued photo identification at the polls. The ballot included a disclaimer [referendum brochure text, PDF] explaining a government-issued photo identification costs approximately $14. Several rights groups, including the … [read more]

[JURIST] New Jersey voters on Tuesday ratified Public Question 1 [senate resolution text, PDF] by a 65 percent margin, amending the New Jersey constitution [text] to legalize sports gambling in the state despite a continued federal ban. The referendum, in defiance of the federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act … [read more]

[JURIST] Mississippi voters on Tuesday rejected a ballot measure [Initiative 26 materials] that would have amended the state constitution [text] to define the word "person" or "persons" to include "every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning, or the functional equivalent thereof." The initiative, which would have given … [read more]

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