Legal news from Friday, March 23, 2012

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official profile] signed new guidelines [text] on Thursday for the use of information not related to terrorism activities by the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) [official website]. The NCTC is permitted to gather data on American citizens to search for "terrorism information" which it can … [read more]

[JURIST] US Army Sgt. Robert Bales was charged with 17 counts of murder Friday for the alleged shooting of Afghan civilians, including women and children, in a Kandahar village almost two weeks ago. He will also be charged with six counts of attempted murder and six counts of aggravated assault. … [read more]

[JURIST] The US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] issued an order [text, PDF] to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [official website] on Thursday requiring the agency to initiate withdrawal proceedings that could lead to the removal of broad spectrum antibiotics from agricultural livestock … [read more]

[JURIST] Thirty-five Nigerian villages brought a suit against Shell [corporate website] Friday in a London court alleging Shell's slow response in cleaning up two oil spills in a neighboring river ruined their livelihoods. The lawsuit [Reuters report] claims Shell is responsible for unspecified damages suffered by the villages which rely … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] expressed concern Friday over the harassment of Sri Lankan rights activists [press release] following the adoption of a UN resolution [JURIST report] regarding the investigation of war crimes committed during the country's recent conflict with its separatist Tamil Tiger … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas [official website] on Thursday rejected [order] the motion for new trial [text, PDF] filed by Allen Stanford [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Judge David Hittner did not provide any reason for his ruling. The order came … [read more]

[JURIST] The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Thursday appealed two decisions by the Dane County Circuit Court [official website] blocking Wisconsin's new voter identification law [Wisconsin Act 23]. The DOJ filed on behalf of the defendants in NAACP v. Walker and League of Women Voters v. Walker … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] voted on Friday in favor of a resolution [text] condemning the violence in Syria and extending the mandate of the Commission of Inquiry. The 47-member panel voted 41-3 [press release] for the resolution with two abstentions. The resolution deplores the escalation … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] on Thursday urged [press release] the government of Sri Lanka to adequately investigate alleged war crimes that occurred during the country's 26-year civil war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) [JURIST news archive]. Sri Lanka's Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation … [read more]

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