Legal news from Thursday, May 31, 2012

[JURIST] An appellate division of the New York State Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday dismissed [decison, PDF] a lawsuit filed by a man seeking to recover damages because of a false rumor that he was gay. The court noted that because the man did not assert specific harm, the … [read more]

[JURIST] Blind Chinese human rights activist Chen Guangcheng [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] urged the US on Thursday to "try harder" to promote the rule of law in China [transcript]. Speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) [advocacy website], Chen informed the audience that the rule of law in … [read more]

[JURIST] Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Thursday rejected [text, PDF] the prosecution's application for an arrest warrant [text, PDF] against Sylvestre Mudacumura [ICC fact sheet, PDF], a field commander in the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) [GlobalSecurity backgrounder]. The prosecution … [read more]

[JURIST] Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka [official profile] told reporters on Wednesday that former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [personal website; JURIST news archive] may face additional criminal charges, including charges relating to the 1996 shooting of lawmaker Yevhen Shcherban and his family. Pshonka indicated that he believes Tymoshenko transferred money … [read more]

[JURIST] The Italian Supreme Court [official website, in Italian] on Wednesday upheld an International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] ruling that Germany does not have to compensate Italian victims of Nazi war crimes. The ICJ ruled in favor of Germany [JURIST report] in February. Germany had argued that Italy … [read more]

[JURIST] Judge Carl Barbier for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana signed a case management order [text, PDF] on Wednesday outlining the structure for the upcoming trial of Gulf oil spill [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] claims scheduled for January 14, 2013. Barbier divided the trial … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit [official website] on Thursday ruled [opinion] that Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) [text; JURIST news archive], which defines marriage as between one man and one woman, is unconstitutional because it interferes with a state's right … [read more]

[JURIST] The Moldovan government [official website] should enact coherent anti-discrimination legislation [press release] to ensure equal treatment of men and women, the UN Working Group on discrimination against women in law and in practice said Wednesday. Kamala Chandrakirana, the chair of the working group, pointed out the inefficiency of allowing … [read more]

[JURIST] Egypt's state-of-emergency will come to an end on Thursday when a two-year extension on a law authorizing broad government powers of arrest and detention expires. Individuals who have already been sentenced or detained under the less-restrictive requirements of the emergency law will not be released, and trials in Egypt's … [read more]

[JURIST] The European Commission [official website] on Thursday referred [press release] Germany to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website] for not complying with the EU Data Retention Directive [text, PDF]. The Commission is asking the court to impose fines on Germany for breach of EU law in the … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the Supreme Court of Nepal [official website, in Nepali] was shot and killed Thursday while traveling to work. Judge Rana Bahadur Bam, who was under investigation for allegedly taking bribes [AP report] was shot in his vehicle by two masked men on motorcycles. Two other passengers … [read more]

[JURIST] A report [text, PDF] released by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] concluded that two of the prosecutors involved in the 2008 trial of former senator Ted Stevens [JURIST news archive] acted recklessly in their management of evidence, leading to a failure to disclose crucial evidence to … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Arizona [official website] ruled [order] Tuesday that several Arizona residents have legal standing to challenge the state's controversial immigration law [SB 1070, PDF; JURIST news archive] passed in 2010. The ruling came after several plaintiffs argued that they … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] on Thursday sentenced [judgment, PDF; press release] former Rwandan Minister of Youth and Sports Callixte Nzabonimana [TrialWatch profile] to life in prison after finding him guilty of charges related to the 1994 Rwandan genocide [HRW backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Nzabonimana … [read more]

[JURIST] The California Senate [official website] voted 23-13 Wednesday to approve a bill [SB 1172] that would ban psychotherapies aimed at changing the sexual orientation of minors. According to supporters, the underlying reason for the legislation is that homosexuality is not a disease and should not be treated as such. … [read more]

[JURIST] The Tunisia Judges' Union went on strike Wednesday to protest a decision by Justice Minister Noureddine Bhiri [Tunisia Live profile] to fire more than 80 judges. According to the head of the Judge's Union, Raoudha Abidi, the judiciary's open-ended strike [Tunisia Live report] will not end until Bhiri reverses … [read more]

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