Legal news from Tuesday, May 29, 2012
15:05 EDT

[JURIST] King County Superior Court [official website] Judge Sharon Armstrong on Tuesday denied [opinion, PDF] a motion for preliminary injunction against Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna [official website] over his participation in a health care challenge. The motion brought by female citizens and the advocacy group Fuse Washington [advocacy website] [read more]

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[JURIST] The Louisiana State Senate [official website] on Monday unanimously passed [roll call] a bill [HB 1086, PDF; materials] strengthening Louisiana's ban on euthanasia and assisted suicide [JURIST news archives]. Both practices were already prohibited under other laws in Louisiana. The new bill amends the state's medical consent law, stating: [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistani judges are being pressured to apply a controversial blasphemy law [text; JURIST news archive], UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers [official website] Gabriela Knaul [official profile] reported [OHCHR report] on Tuesday. In her initial observations of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, she expressed concern [read more]

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[JURIST] A French court ruled Tuesday that Google [corporate website] is not liable for damages to French television company TF1 [media website, in French] for copyrighted sports and movies that were uploaded on YouTube [media website]. TF1 brought the suit against Google claiming 141 million euros in damages arising out [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] granted certiorari [order list, PDF] Tuesday in Marx v. General Revenue Corp. [docket; cert. petition, PDF] to determine whether a defendant may be awarded attorney's fees in a Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) [15 USC § 1692 text, PDF] where the plaintiff [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] Turkish police on Tuesday arrested six former military officials for their involvement in the 1997 coup which led Turkey's Islamist-led government to resign. The six officials were among the 10 suspects prosecutors included in their arrest warrants. They have been charged with participating in forcing the resignation of Necmettin [read more]

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[JURIST] A judge for the UK Special Immigration Appeals Commission [official website] on Monday denied [judgment, PDF] an application for bail by Muslim cleric Abu Qatada [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. In his decision, Mr. Justice Mitting suggested that the risk of losing Qatada was too great to allow his [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] An Istanbul criminal court on Monday unanimously approved a 144-page indictment against four Israeli military leaders for their involvement in the killing of nine Turkish pro-Palestinian activists during the May 2010 flotilla incident [JURIST news archive]. The prosecution is seeking 10 life jail sentences against former Israeli Defense Forces [read more]

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[JURIST] Police in Papua New Guinea on Monday arrested and charged Supreme Court Justice Nicholas Kirriwoma with sedition. Kirriwoma is the second Supreme Court justice that has been arrested for Sedition this month. Last week, police stormed the country's Supreme Court and arrested Chief Justice Salamo Injia [JURIST report] on [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] Jacques Mungwarere, a former Rwandan school teacher, pleaded not guilty before the Ontario Superior Court Monday to two charges relating to his involvement in the Rwandan genocide [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Mungwarere was charged [JURIST report] with one count of genocide by murder and one count of crimes [read more]

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[JURIST] The Senate of the Philippines [official website] on Tuesday voted to remove Chief Justice Renato Corona [official profile] on charges of violating the constitution through failure to declare his assets in a sworn statement. Renato was impeached on eight charges [JURIST report], but only one issue was brought to [read more]

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[JURIST] An Israeli military court on Sunday sentenced Palestinian protest leader Bassem al-Tamimi to 13 months imprisonment for encouraging youth to throw rocks at Israeli soldiers. He was charged [AP report] with urging the youth to throw the rocks during a demonstration he led in the West Bank village of [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed disappointment [official statement] Monday with Nepal [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] for its failure to meet the Sunday deadline to write a new constitution. With the country's failure to draft a new constitution, Ban is concerned that the country may face another period of [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] Bahraini rights activist Nabeel Rajab was released on bail on Monday, according to his lawyer. Rajab was arrested [JURIST report] for insulting a statutory body through messages he posted on Twitter [website] criticizing the Interior Ministry. Rajab is the president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) [advocacy [read more]

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[JURIST] Most of the victims of a recent massacre in Houla, Syria [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], were shot at close range, including women and children, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] revealed Tuesday. UN officials disclosed [AP report] that most of the [read more]

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[JURIST] Bahraini human rights activist Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] has ended his hunger strike because he believes he has adequately raised awareness of his cause [Reuters report], Al-Khawaja's wife told Reuters on Monday. Al-Khawaja has been on a hunger strike for over three months to protest the [read more]

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