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Legal news from Thursday, April 12, 2012

[JURIST] Statistics Canada [official website] reported [text, PDF] Thursday that both the number and rate of police-reported hate crimes declined in 2010 by 18 percent from the previous year [materials]. While the report made clear that "police-reported data likely undercount the true extent of hate crime in Canada, as not … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of the Interior (DOI) [official websites] announced a $1.023 billion settlement [DOJ press release] with 41 American Indian Tribes Wednesday. The announcement comes following a 22-month negotiation period after the tribes alleged in a class action that the DOI and … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Wednesday issued an opinion [text, PDF] holding that a former Goldman Sachs programmer did not violate a federal law prohibiting theft of trade secrets when he copied portions of the company's confidential source code. Sergey Aleynikov's conviction … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Thursday called for urgent national and international action [press release] to bring an end to the political instability and continuing human rights violations in Mali. According to Pillay, human rights violations have been reported in the capital of … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of India [official website] on Thursday upheld as constitutional a right to education law that requires most schools to reserve one-quarter of its class seats for poor, underprivileged children. The ruling comes after a number of private schools and organizations, including the Society of Unaided Private … [read more]

[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] on Thursday asked the court to report Libya to the UN Security Council [official website] for failing to turn over the son of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. Ocampo's request comes after Libyan officials on Tuesday appealed … [read more]

[JURIST] Prosecutors in Turkey ordered the arrest of dozens of former military leaders on Thursday for their alleged role in the ouster of former prime minister Necmettin Erbakan [NYT profile]. Prosecutors allege that the military leaders, including four retired generals, pressured Erbakan to resign in 1997. They further allege that … [read more]

[JURIST] The Connecticut House of Representatives [official website] voted late Wednesday to repeal the death penalty [SB 280 materials] by a vote of 86-63. The Connecticut Senate passed the bill last week [JURIST report]. After the bill's final passage, Governor Dannel Malloy (D) [official website] officially announced he will sign … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Wednesday filed a brief [text, PDF] in the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official site] alleging that the recently passed Texas photo identification law [SB 14 materials] will have a disproportionate impact on the state's Latino … [read more]

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