Legal news from Tuesday, February 28, 2012
15:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Constitutional Council of the French Republic [official website, in French] on Tuesday ruled [judgment, in French] that a French law [materials, in French] making it a crime to deny that Armenians suffered a genocide by the Ottoman Empire in 1915 is unconstitutional. Ultimately, the Council found [AFP report] [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday declined to grant an injunction, and denied a petition for writ of certiorari [orders list, PDF] in Michigan v. US Army Corp. of Engineers [SCOTUSblog backgrounder]. Five states petitioned the court [JURIST report] in October asking them to overturn a lower [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Virginia Senate [official website] on Monday approved a bill [SB 1, PDF] requiring identification from those trying to vote in elections. The bill passed 21-20 after an initial 20-20 deadlock that was broken by Lt. Governor Bill Bolling [official website]. The bill requires voters to provide:A current [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] Germany's Federal Constitutional Court [official website, in German] on Tuesday ruled [press release, in German] that use of a parliamentary subcommittee to fast-track decisions related to eurozone bailouts is unconstitutional, and that such decisions require full oversight of the Bundestag, the national Parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] Iran executed twice as many people in 2011 as it did in the previous year, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] reported [text, PDF] Tuesday. The report, entitled "'We Are Ordered to Crush You': Expanding Repression of Dissent in Iran," chronicles widespread international human rights violations that Iran's government has [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] has decided to transfer the case [text, PDF] of Fulgence Kayishema [case materials] to the Rwandan authorities. The three-panel Referral Chamber ordered the transfer so that Rwandan authorities can refer the case to the High Court of Rwanda for trial [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Bangkok Criminal Court on Tuesday convicted a leader of the royalist People's Alliance for Democracy Network [BBC backgrounder], known as "yellow shirts," of corporate fraud. Yellow shirt movement founder and Thai media mogul Sondhi Limthongkul was sentenced to 20 years in prison without parole for violating the Securities [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] in two cases on Monday. In Elgin v. Department of Treasury [transcript; JURIST report], the court heard arguments on whether federal district courts have jurisdiction over constitutional claims for equitable relief brought by federal employees under the [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile], in a speech to the UN Human Rights Council [official website] during an emergency session on Tuesday, called for an immediate end to the violence [text] in Syria. Pillay accused the Syrian forces of committing human rights violations and [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] The European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) [official website] announced Monday that it arrested six Serbian officials [press release] in Kosovo [BBC backgrounder] on Saturday, under allegations that they were "suspected of exerting undue pressure [...] not to recognize Kosovo institutions." In a closed hearing [B92 [read more]

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