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Legal news from Tuesday, March 27, 2012

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[JURIST] Acting head of the EU delegation in Mali, Bertrand Soret, on Tuesday met with the leader of last week's military coup [JURIST report] urging a quick return to constitutional order in the country. President Amadou Toumani Toure [Al Jazeera profile] was removed from office after Malian soldiers took control … [read more]

[JURIST] An organization composed of atheists and agnostics on Monday filed suit [text, PDF] against Pennsylvania representatives over a state House resolution that declares 2012 as "The Year of the Bible," asserting [press release] that the law violates the principle of separation of church and state. Specifically, the Freedom from … [read more]

[JURIST] The Georgia State Senate [official website] approved legislation [voice vote] on Monday that eases the restrictions on abortion imposed by a bill [HB 954] passed by the Georgia House of Representatives [official website] earlier in March. The House bill banned women from obtaining an abortion five months into pregnancy … [read more]

[JURIST] The referral chamber of the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] on Monday transferred the case of Charles Sikubwabo [Hague Justice profile; case materials] to the High Court of Rwanda. The decision was based on ICTR prosecutors' request [press release; JURIST report] in November for the … [read more]

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Tuesday asked EU member states to reconsider their involvement [press release] in the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] extraordinary rendition [JURIST news archive] program of forced transfer and secret detention. During a hearing before the European Parliament (EP) [official website], … [read more]

[JURIST] The number of worldwide executions increased from 2010 to 2011 [AI report, PDF], while the number of recorded death sentences decreased, according to an annual death penalty [JURIST news archive] report published Tuesday by Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website]. There were 676 executions globally in 2011, with 18,750 people … [read more]

[JURIST] The Tokyo District Court [official website, in Japanese] has ordered Google Inc. [corporate website] to remove certain search terms that a Japanese man has claimed violate his privacy. The plaintiff, whose name has not been released, petitioned the Tokyo court to order Google to remove his name [Kyodo report] … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] denied certiorari [order list, PDF] Monday in Fields v. Smith [opinion, PDF; JURIST report], allowing a lower court decision that transgender hormone therapy is a medically necessary procedure to stand. The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit found the Inmate Sex-Change … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled 8-1 [opinion, PDF] Monday in MBZ v. Clinton [JURIST report] that a citizen's ability to list Israel as a place of birth on a passport is not a political question [LII Cornell backgrounder], but remanded the case for a ruling specifically on … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously Monday in Credit Suisse Securities LLC v. Simmonds [JURIST report] that normal statute of limitations tolling applies to insider trading cases. The Securities Exchange Act of 1934 [§ 16(b)] states that the statute of limitations begins "more than two … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Monday in United States Department of Health and Human Services v. Florida [transcript; JURIST report] on whether the suit brought by challengers of the minimum coverage provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) [text; … [read more]

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