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Legal news from Friday, May 25, 2012

[JURIST] The Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) war crimes court [official website] ruled [materials] on Thursday that two former Bosnian Serb police officers were guilty of aiding and abetting genocide. The court convicted Dusko Jevic and Mendeljev Djuric for taking part in the killing of 1,000 Muslim men during the 1995 … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] insisted on Friday that anyone who engaged in violent acts relating to the April 12 coup d'etat in Guinea-Bissau [BBC backgrounder] should be held accountable [press release] for their actions. In the press release, Pillay voiced concern that the … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] criticized the Hungarian government [press release] on Friday for ignoring recommendations by the Council of Europe [official website] to change its media laws that allegedly curtail press freedom. HRW expressed concern that the media laws' requirement for journalists to register with the national … [read more]

[JURIST] The appeals chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Thursday rejected challenges [press release] to the court's jurisdiction in two cases stemming from the 2007 Kenyan post-election violence [JURIST news archive], clearing the way for trial. The pre-trial chamber confirmed charges [JURIST report] against four suspects … [read more]

[JURIST] A senior judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida [official website] approved a settlement agreement on Thursday between JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPMC) [corporate website; JURIST news archive] and more than one million litigants nationwide who sued over excessive overdraft fees. The settlement requires … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Wednesday ordered [opinion, PDF] the US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] to turn over three videotapes depicting Kuwaiti Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] detainees being forcibly removed from their cells. The ruling came in … [read more]

[JURIST] A federal judge ruled [order, PDF] on Thursday that California's state pension system must afford same-sex spouses of state workers the same access to long-term care insurance as heterosexual spouses. Judge Claudia Wilken of the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] struck down a … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of State (DOS) [official website] on Friday released the 2011 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices [materials]. The reports outline the prevailing trends that shaped human rights last year. These include uprisings across the Middle East and North Africa, positive reforms in Myanmar, the persecution of … [read more]

[JURIST] The top UN human rights official urged Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Thursday to ensure that Zimbabwe's next elections are legitimate and free from violence [press release]. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile; JURIST news archive], visiting Zimbabwe for the … [read more]

[JURIST] US Supreme Court [official website] Justice Stephen Breyer rejected a stay application [text, PDF] Thursday evening by Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee [official website] attempting to prevent the release of alleged murderer Jason Pleau to federal authorities. Chafee has been arguing since last year [JURIST report] that he has … [read more]

[JURIST] A court in Bahrain on Thursday sentenced [Gulf Times report] Zainab Al-Khawaja, the daughter of jailed pro-democracy activist Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to one month in prison for trying to organize an anti-government protest, according to Bahraini opposition groups. The court also fined her $530 on … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 6-3 Wednesday in Blueford v. Arkansas [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that the double jeopardy [Cornell LII backgrounder] clause does not prevent the re-prosecution of a greater offense if a jury deadlocks on a lesser-included offense. In this case, a mistrial was declared … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled unanimously [opinion, PDF] Wednesday in Freeman v. Quicken Loans Inc. [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that to prove a violation of Section 8(b) of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) [text], a plaintiff must demonstrate that a fee was split between two or more … [read more]

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Wednesday published its annual report entitled State of the World's Human Rights [materials], which details the human rights landscape across the world in 2011. Much of the report focuses on the pro-democracy protests and civil unrest that swept the Middle East and Northern … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Nepal [official website, in Nepali] on Thursday ordered the government to complete the final draft of the nation's new constitution by Sunday. The current administration had requested a three-month extension of the deadline, but the court denied the plea. The Constituent Assembly of Nepal (CA) … [read more]

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