Legal news from Wednesday, March 14, 2012
12:03 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois [official website] Tuesday struck down two recently-enacted parts of the Illinois Election Code [text] designed to cap campaign contributions. Judge Marvin Aspen issued an injunction [order, PDF] against the Illinois State Board of Elections (ISBE) [official [read more]

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[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Argentina [official website, in Spanish] ruled [judgment, in Spanish] on Tuesday that rape victims cannot be prosecuted for seeking abortions. The Supreme Court unanimously affirmed [BBC report] the lower court's ruling which allowed a 15-year-old girl to obtain an abortion after she was sexually assaulted [read more]

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[JURIST] Syrian authorities have systematically tortured citizens held in detention, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] reported [text, PDF] Tuesday. The report, entitled, "'I wanted to die' Syria's torture survivors speak out," catalogs testimony from Syrian civilians who have allegedly survived torture, detention or other harsh treatment at the hands of [read more]

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[JURIST] Brazilian prosecutors on Tuesday announced [press release, in Portuguese] plans to charge a retired colonel for his actions during a military dictatorship [investigation materials, PDF, in Portuguese] that ended more than 25 years ago. The colonel, Sebastiao Curio Rodrigues de Moura ("Curio") was considered to be a ruthless major [read more]

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[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon [official profile] on Wednesday urged Libyan officials to investigate the allegations of human rights abuse in the country during the uprising against Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive]. The Secretary-General's call for the National Transitional Council (NTC) [official website] to investigate comes just days [read more]

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[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Wednesday issued its first verdict, a unanimous decision [judgment, PDF; press release] that Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) militia leader Thomas Lubanga Dyilo [ICC materials] is guilty of the war crimes of enlisting and conscripting children under the age of 15 and [read more]

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[JURIST] The Mexican Senate unanimously passed legislation [text, in Spanish] Tuesday that would amend Article 73 of the Constitution [text] to make attacks against journalists a federal crime. The action comes following the deaths or disappearances of almost 50 journalists [Miami Herald report] over the last five years. Most threats [read more]

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[JURIST] China's National People's Congress (NPC) on Wednesday passed a law [draft amendment text, in Chinese] allowing police to detain certain suspects for up to six months in secret detention facilities commonly known as "black jails." The new law is an amendment to China's Criminal Procedure Law and allows for [read more]

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[JURIST] Obama administration official Melanie Ann Pustay [official profile] on Tuesday testified [prepared remarks] before the Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] to urge congressional officials to amend the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [text] to strengthen government's ability to prevent disclosure of information related to critical infrastructure and cybersecurity. Pustay's [read more]

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