Legal news from Monday, April 30, 2012

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday ordered [order list, PDF] the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official website] to reconsider former Illinois governor George Ryan's appeal in light of Wood v. Milyard [SCOTUS blog backgrounder; JURIST report]. Wood, which was decided just last week, … [read more]

[JURIST] The UK High Court ruled on Monday that British Internet service providers (ISPs) must block the file sharing website The Pirate Bay [website]. All of the ISPs, except one which requested additional time to consider the ruling, have one week to comply with the ruling [Guardian report]. The lobbying … [read more]

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) and Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy websites] issued a joint public statement [text, PDF] Monday urging the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to stop its recent crackdown on political activists by ending arrests and releasing those in custody. The report claims that UAE authorities are holding political … [read more]

[JURIST] The Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) [official website] on Saturday drafted [AFP report] proposed amendments to the country's electoral law [text, PDF] in an effort to prevent future election fraud. According to IEC spokesman Noor Mohammad Noor, about 50 percent of the electoral law will be changed, including … [read more]

[JURIST] All sides in the Malian conflict have committed war crimes [HRW press release] including summary executions, rape, the use of children as soldiers, and the pillaging of hospitals, schools, aid agencies and government buildings, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported Monday. HRW conducted a 10-day mission to Mali … [read more]

[JURIST] The Bahrain Court of Cassation ruled Monday that human rights activist Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] would be retried along with 20 others convicted on terrorism-related charges. Al-Khawaja, along with eight others, is serving a life sentence after a closed hearing where the Bahrain military National Safety … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] granted certiorari [order list, PDF] Monday in Chaidez v. United States [docket; cert. petition, PDF] to rule on an ineffective assistance of counsel claim. In 2010, the court held in Padilla v. Kentucky [JURIST report] that the Sixth Amendment [text] guarantee of effective … [read more]

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