Legal news from Tuesday, November 15, 2011
13:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Philippine Supreme Court [official website] issued a temporary restraining order [PDF] Tuesday allowing former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to leave the country despite accusations of corruption and electoral fraud. The court ruled 8 - 5 against government-imposed travel restrictions that started in August. Arroyo [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] Six accused Somali pirates [JURIST news archive] went on trial in Paris Tuesday on charges of hijacking, kidnapping and armed robbery in connection with a 2008 attack on a yacht. Then men are accused [CNN report] of capturing the Carre-d'As IV in the Gulf of Aden and holding a [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] The state of Louisiana on Monday filed suit [text, PDF] directly with the US Supreme Court [official website] arguing that undocumented immigrants should not be counted in the US census for the purpose of determining seats in the US House of Representatives [official website]. The state alleges that it [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Malaysian Kuala Lumpur Foundation to Criminalise War (KLFCW) [official website] will hold a symbolic four-day war crimes trial [press release] against former US president George W. Bush, former UK prime minister Tony Blair [JURIST news archives] and other former US officials on charges in connection to the March [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard [official website] said Tuesday that, while she is personally opposed to same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive], the decision should be left to parliamentary vote [SMH op-ed]. Gillard called on the Australian Labor Party [party website] to back her adamant position that the institution of [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Brazilian government on Monday granted citizenship for the first time to a foreigner based on his same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive]. Spaniard Antonio Vega Herrera will become a Brazilian citizen due to his marriage with his Brazilian partner, according to the country's Federal Register [AP report]. The news [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Scottish Human Rights Commission [official website] on Monday condemned [text, DOC] plans for a UK Bill of Rights [materials; JURIST news archive]. The Bill of Rights would replace the UK Human Rights Act [text, PDF], but Commission leader Alan Miller [official profile] said the new legislation would weaken [read more]

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