Legal news from Monday, March 12, 2012

[JURIST] A UK High Court justice decided Monday to let a right to die case proceed, the first to be allowed in British court. Justice William Charles ruled [judgment, PDF] that a case brought by Tony Nicklinson, age 57, could proceed to hearing. Nicklinson is the victim of a paralyzing … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Monday overturned [opinion, PDF] the 22-year prison sentence for the "Millennium Bomber," Ahmed Rassam [PBS profile], imposed by the lower court after he was convicted by a jury of nine counts of criminal activity by plotting to … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] objected Monday to the recently passed Texas voter identification law [SB 14 materials]. In a letter [text] from Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez, the DOJ claimed that the changes requiring voters to present a valid photo identification are unenforceable under Section … [read more]

[JURIST] Swiss voters in a referendum on Sunday supported proposed changes to a Swiss law that imposes heavy fines for people who protest without prior governmental authorization. About 55 percent of voters [Expatica report] in Geneva agreed to allow the government to impose a fine of 100,000 Swiss Francs, or … [read more]

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[JURIST] Lawyers for the Belgian government on Monday urged [hearing materials] the International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] to order Senegal to either prosecute former president of Chad Hissene Habre [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] or extradite him to stand trial for atrocities committed during his eight years in … [read more]

[JURIST] A UK human rights group and law firm announced Monday that they will bring legal proceedings [press release] against the British government for sharing intelligence with the US to assist in drone strikes [JURIST news archive] against Pakistan. The London charity Reprieve [advocacy website] and Leigh Day & Co … [read more]

[JURIST] A 2009 Ethiopian law regulating non-governmental organizations (NGOs) is sabotaging charity work and undermining human rights in the country, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] reported [text, PDF] Monday. Ethiopia's Charities and Societies Proclamation (CSP) [text] blocks Ethiopian NGOs from accepting more than 10 percent of their funding from foreign … [read more]

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