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Legal news from Friday, April 13, 2012

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Wednesday struck down [text. PDF] parts of a federal statute that prohibit public broadcasters from transmitting public issue and political advertisements. The suit was brought by the Minority Television Project on behalf of its public television station … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counterterrorism Ben Emmerson [official profile] on Thursday expressed regret over a US court decision [press release] denying Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [National Security Archive] requests by a member of the UK parliament and the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Extraordinary Rendition … [read more]

[JURIST] The Pakistani Parliament on Thursday approved recommendations [text] for redefining the government's relationship with the US and NATO, including calling for an end to CIA drone strikes. The new plan comes in response [Pakistan Today report] to the incidental drone strike that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers in November. The … [read more]

[JURIST] Arizona Governor Jan Brewer [official website] signed [press release] a bill [HB 2036 materials] on Friday that bans abortions [JURIST news archive] after 20 weeks into a pregnancy unless there is a medical emergency. The bill imposes other restrictions such as requiring women seeking an abortion to receive an … [read more]

[JURIST] The Egyptian parliament on Thursday passed a bill preventing those who were high officials under former president Hosni Mubarak [Al Jazeera profile; JURIST news archive] from running for president. The law bars candidacy for 10 years [AP report] for anyone who held a rank of party leader or higher … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of the Netherlands [official website, Dutch] ruled [text, Dutch] Friday that the relatives of Bosnian men murdered by Serbian forces in 1995 cannot sue the UN for failing to protect them during the massacres. The ruling essentially held that the UN is immune from prosecution in … [read more]

[JURIST] The Brazilian Supreme Court [official website, in Portuguese] on Thursday ruled [press release, in Portuguese] 8-2 to overturn the ban against abortion [JURIST news archive] of brain-damaged (anencephalic fetuses). Currently, Brazil criminalizes abortion with the narrow exceptions of cases in which pregnancy threatens the mother's life and in cases … [read more]

[JURIST] The Pechersky District Court in Kyiv on Thursday sentenced former acting defense minister Valeriy Ivaschenko to five years in prison and banned him from holding public office for three years after convicting him on abuse of power charges. Ivashenko served as acting defense minister under Yulia Tymoshenko [official profile; … [read more]

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