Legal news from Thursday, March 1, 2012

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Wednesday ruled [opinion, PDF] that the state of Washington did not violate the constitutional rights of certain legal immigrants when it discontinued their food stamp benefits to save approximately $7 million in state funds. In reversing an … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of California [official website] on Tuesday dismissed [order, PDF] a lawsuit challenging the US Attorney's authority to prosecute medical marijuana [JURIST news archive] providers in the state. The suit was filed by the El Camino Wellness Center Collective … [read more]

[JURIST] Google's [corporate website] new privacy policy [text], which took affect Thursday, is in violation of European law according to the EU's Justice Commissioner Vice-President Viviane Reding [official website]. The new policy allows data collection from one Google service to be shared among all services, including YouTube, Gmail, Google Maps … [read more]

[JURIST] Bahrain is convicting hundreds of opposition activists in unfair and politically motivated trials, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [text, PDF] Tuesday. The 94-page report details alleged due process violations [press release] in both civilian and military courts. The report is based on information obtained from interviews with … [read more]

[JURIST] The Georgia House of Representatives [official website] on Thursday approved legislation [HB 954] banning late-term abortions [JURIST news archive]. The bill, passed in a vote of 102-65, would prohibit most abortions performed beyond five months of pregnancy except in situations where continued pregnancy would affect the life or health … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF; order, PDF] Wednesday that a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [official website] regulation [text] requiring cigarette packaging and advertisements to display more prominent graphic health warning labels [materials] is unconstitutional, issuing a … [read more]

[JURIST] The US District Court for the District of Arizona [official website] on Wednesday blocked [order, PDF] Arizona from enforcing a section of the state's 2010 immigration enforcement law [SB 1070 materials] that bans drivers from blocking traffic to acquire or offer day labor services. The plaintiffs contend that the … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] voted Thursday to pass a non-binding resolution [text, PDF] condemning Syrian authorities for continued bloodshed and violations of human rights. The resolution calls for the Syrian government to immediately end attacks on civilians [press release]. The measure was affirmed with … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] on Wednesday in Armour v. Indianapolis [transcript; JURIST report] on tax equality under the Equal Protection clause [text] of the Constitution. In Indianapolis, a tax scheme was changed mid-project, and several residents were forgiven the remainder of … [read more]

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