Legal news from Tuesday, May 1, 2012
15:05 EDT

[JURIST] A jury in the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York [official website] on Tuesday convicted naturalized American citizen Adis Medunjanin for his role in a conspiracy to bomb the New York City subway system in September 2009. Medunjanin, a Bosnian immigrant, was convicted on all [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Libyan government on Tuesday formally challenged [application, PDF] the right of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] to try Saif al-Islam Gaddafi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], the son of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive]. Libya argues that under Article 17 of [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Oklahoma [official website] on Monday ruled [opinion] that granting "personhood" rights to human embryos is unconstitutional, thus derailing a proposed ballot initiative [text, PDF] to amend the state's constitution by defining a fertilized egg as a person. Finding the initiative "void on its face," Oklahoma's [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Monday urged Bahrain to immediately release [press release] the leaders of last year's anti-government protests, including Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. HRW states that the 14 individuals have been jailed for more than a year with no evidence of any [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Mexican Chamber of Deputies [official website, in Spanish] on Monday approved a bill that will recognize, protect and provide aid to victims of crimes stemming from the gang-related drug wars that have engulfed the country for nearly the last six years. Known as the General Victims Act [CNN [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] A coalition of civil rights groups filed a lawsuit [petition for review, PDF] Tuesday challenging Pennsylvania's new voter ID law [HB 934 materials]. The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia and the Advancement Project [advocacy websites] filed suit along with the Washington, [read more]

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