Legal news from Tuesday, April 3, 2012

[JURIST] The Office of Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official websites] said Tuesday that the ICC lacks jurisdiction [text, PDF] to investigate allegations of crimes committed in Palestine during the 2008-2009 Gaza conflict [JURIST news archive]. After considering arguments from both sides [list of submissions] as to whether … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Crimes Tribunal in Bangladesh (ICTB) [Facebook page] on Tuesday granted prosecutors' warrant petition for the arrest of a former leader of the Islamist group Jamaat e Islami (JI) for crimes committed during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War [GlobalSecurity backgrounders]. Prosecutors have accused 64-year-old Abul Kalam Azad, also … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) [official website] on Tuesday expressed concern [press release] over political and security instability in Mali, and how ongoing fighting between government forces and Tuareg rebels will affect Malians forced to flee their homes in search of safety. UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming told … [read more]

[JURIST] A group of same-sex couples filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] on Monday challenging the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) [text; JURIST news archive] on the grounds that the law discriminates against same-sex couples in which one of the partners is a foreign national. In the lawsuit, … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) [official website] on Monday filed charges [complaint, PDF; press release] in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York against the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) [corporate website] alleging that the bank was involved in an illegal futures trading … [read more]

[JURIST] A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Monday upheld [opinion, PDF] a 1996 amendment to the California Constitution which bars preferential treatment for "any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the … [read more]

[JURIST] The full Federal Court of Australia [official website] ruled Tuesday that Google Inc. [corporate website] engaged in advertising practices that were deceptive and misleading, resulting in a violation of the country's consumer protection laws. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) [official website] brought the case against Google challenging … [read more]

[JURIST] Solitary confinement conditions in Arizona's maximum security prisons violate international human rights law, according to a report [text] published Monday by Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website]. The report describes isolation conditions in maximum security prisons run by the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADOC) [official website], especially the Arizona State … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled unanimously [opinion, PDF] Monday in Rehberg v. Paulk [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that government officials have the same immunity for grand jury testimony under a 42 USC § 1983 [text] action as they do for trial testimony. Petitioner Rehberg was indicted three separate times … [read more]

[JURIST] Settlement negotiations between Oracle and Google [corporate websites] mediated by the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] broke down [opinion, PDF] on Friday. The case is now set to head for trial [IDG News report] on April 16. Oracle has alleged that Google's use … [read more]

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