Legal news from Thursday, March 15, 2012
13:03 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders on Wednesday joined special rapporteurs from the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR) and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) [official websites] in urging governments around the world to stop reprisals against individuals and groups [read more]

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[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] said Thursday that he would seek the maximum sentence for recently convicted Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) militia leader Thomas Lubanga Dyilo [ICC materials]. Lubanga was found guilty [JURIST report] Wednesday of the war crimes of enlisting [read more]

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[JURIST] Serb nationalist politician and war crimes suspect Vojislav Seselj [official website, in Serbian; JURIST news archive] on Thursday told judges at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] that he believes the tribunal is biased and that he does not care about the verdict. In [read more]

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[JURIST] A jury found Virginia Tech University [university website] guilty of negligence on Wednesday for failing to warn students of a gunman on the loose. The verdict comes in a case brought by the parents of two female students who were shot by Seung-Hui Cho [BBC profile] in the 2007 [read more]

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[JURIST] Two members of the US House of Representatives [official website] introduced legislation [HR 583 text] on Thursday aimed at protecting Ugandan citizens from the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) [BBC backgrounder] led by alleged Ugandan war criminal Joseph Kony [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. The legislation calls for the expansion [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] rejected [opinion text, PDF] a law suit on Wednesday brought by conservation groups trying to preserve federal endangered species protections for wolves. The groups were trying to preserve the protected status of the Northern Rocky Mountain gray [read more]

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[JURIST] The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) [advocacy website] on Wednesday filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF; case website] against Scott Lively, a US pastor with Abiding Truth Ministries [advocacy website], for enabling the anti-gay movement in Uganda [BBC backgrounder]. The suit, filed in the US District Court for the District [read more]

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[JURIST] Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett [official website] signed [press release, PDF] a bill [HB 943 materials] Wednesday to require photo identification from voters in the upcoming November election. The bill was passed earlier Wednesday in the House of Representatives [official website] by a vote of 104-88. Supporters of the proposed [read more]

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