Legal news from Friday, December 16, 2011
15:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] Thursday announced the findings of its three-year civil rights investigation of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office (MCSO). The investigation concluded that there is reasonable cause to believe that MCSO engages in a pattern or practice of violating the Constitution [DOJ press [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official profile] nominated three individuals [press release] to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) Thursday, which had been vacant since 2007. He named David Medine [Findlaw profile] as his nominee for Chairman as well as Rachel Brand [NCLC profile] and Judge Patricia Wald [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] Thursday released the first ever UN report [text, PDF] on the global human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. The report details LGBT people around the world being killed or enduring hate-motivated violence [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] A group of animal rights activists on Thursday challenged [complaint, PDF] the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act [text, PDF] which they claim violates their rights to peaceful protest. The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts [official website] by the Center for Constitutional Rights [advocacy [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] Alabama and Georgia filed motions Thursday in the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] seeking to stay proceedings [press release] on challenges to their immigration laws pending a ruling by the US Supreme Court [official website] in Arizona v. United States [docket]. The Supreme Court [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] on Thursday urged international cooperation in executing arrest warrants for suspects accused in the Darfur conflict [ICC materials]. Presenting his report [text, PDF] to the UN Security Council [official website], Ocampo emphasized that all states parties to [read more]

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