Legal news from Friday, March 2, 2012

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Thursday called on all nations [press release] to ensure that people with disabilities are given equal "enjoyment of all civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights." Pillay's statements came at the Human Rights Council's annual discussion on rights of people … [read more]

[JURIST] Leaders from 25 European Union (EU) [official website] countries on Friday signed [press release, PDF] the Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance [text, PDF] which is directed at improving fiscal discipline and promoting greater financial information disclosure between member states. The central tenet of the treaty is a balanced … [read more]

[JURIST] The Florida House of Representatives [official website] approved a bill [text, PDF] Thursday that would ban the use of religious or foreign law in legal decisions and contracts. The bill, which passed 92-24, would effectively ban the use of Sharia, as well as any other religious law, when dealing … [read more]

[JURIST] The Virginia House of Delegates [official website] passed a bill [text] on Thursday that would require a woman seeking an abortion [JURIST news archive] to have an ultrasound before the procedure. The bill was passed [JURIST report] by the Virginia Senate [official website], and is a scaled-back version of … [read more]

[JURIST] Guatemalan Judge Miguel Angel Galvez denied former dictator Efrain Rois Montt's amnesty claim Thursday. Rios Montt is being charged for crimes committed throughout the country's 36-year civil war [BBC timeline], which officially ended in 1996. The case involves at least 1,771 deaths and 1,400 human rights violations [Global Security … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] on Thursday heard arguments in a challenge to illegal immigration legislation recently passed in Alabama and Georgia, but the three-judge panel chose to defer its ruling until after the US Supreme Court [official website] rules on a pending … [read more]

[JURIST] Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] issued [press release] an arrest warrant [text, PDF] on Thursday for Sudanese Defense Minister Abdel Raheem Muhammad Hussein. He is charged with 41 counts of crimes committed in Darfur [JURIST news archive], including 20 counts of crimes against … [read more]

[JURIST] A German court on Friday dismissed suits by Apple [corporate website; Bloomberg backgrounder] and Samsung [corporate website; Bloomberg backgrounder] against each other over smartphone technology. Samsung alleged that Apple violated its patents for 3G technology while Apple argued that Samsung violated its patents on slide-to-unlock technology. Samsung officials stated … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday that a warrantless search of a suspect's cell phone to collect its phone number does not constitute a violation of Fourth Amendment [Cornell LII backgrounder] protections against unreasonable search and seizure. A three-judge panel … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] ruled on Wednesday that Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa [official website; BBC profile] is immune from suit [opinion, PDF] under the Torture Victim Protection Act of 1991 (TVPA) [text] while he is in office. Rajapaksa … [read more]

[JURIST] Maryland joined the seven states that allow same-sex marriage [JURIST backgrounder] when Governor Martin O'Malley (D) [official website] signed the Civil Marriage Protection Act [SB241, PDF] on Thursday. With signing the bill the governor released [official press release] the following statement:For a free and diverse people, ... for a … [read more]

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