Legal news from Tuesday, June 12, 2012

[JURIST] The administration of Florida Governor Rick Scott [official website] filed suit [complaint, PDF] on Monday in the US District Court for the District of Columbia against Department of Homeland Security and US Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services [official websites] for banning the state from comparing names in the … [read more]

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] on Tuesday called for the immediate release [press release] of immigrants being held in the immigration detention units of the Pinal County Jail (PCJ) [official website] in Arizona. The ACLU sent a letter [text] to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) … [read more]

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled Tuesday that Moldova violated the rights to peaceful assembly and to be free from discrimination by banning gay groups from protesting in front of the country's parliament. In 2005, Genderdoc-M [advocacy website] applied for a peaceful protest outside the … [read more]

[JURIST] Bolivian authorities on Monday arrested a former chief of the country's armed forces on corruption charges. Prosecutor Harry Suaznabar charged [Los Tiempos report, in Spanish] General Alvin Kippes with illicit enrichment, dereliction of duty and abuse of influence, all punishable under the country's penal code. Kippes will be held … [read more]

[JURIST] A Kenyan court on Tuesday sentenced the first suspect in the 2007 post-election violence [JURIST news archive] to life imprisonment. Justice Roselyn Wendoh convicted Paul Ruto, who is not related to William Ruto [ICC case materials], for the murder of Kimani Thiongo. Tuesday's conviction marked the beginning of trialsconcerning … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Tuesday urged [press release] Myanmar [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to ensure the safety of communities in the Arakan State. According to HRW, the violence between Arakan Buddhists and ethnic Rohingya Muslims creates a safety risk for the surrounding community leaving an … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] on Tuesday found [order, PDF] former Pakistan ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani [official website; JURIST news archive] guilty of authoring the secret memo that implied Pakistani politicians were collaborating with US politicians. The memo was sent to US Admiral Mike Mullen … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] announced Tuesday that it will postpone the confirmation of charges hearing [press release] for former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo [ICC case profile; JURIST news archive] after his defense team requested more time. No new hearing date was set. Last week Gbagbo's … [read more]

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] called on Egypt Monday to investigate attacks on women protesters [press release] after a group of activists were violently assaulted last week. AI reported that a protest against sexual harassment turned violent on Friday when a large group of men moved in and began … [read more]

[JURIST] The US International Trade Commission (USITC) [official website] ruled on Monday that HTC [corporate website; JURIST news archive] could not use five patents that it obtained from Google [corporate website; JURIST news archive] last August in its case against Apple [corporate website; JURIST news archive]. Apple had argued that … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] issued [press release] a new report [text, PDF] on Monday detailing the violations committed against children in conflict zones. The report discussed each conflict zone, including Afghanistan [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], Central African Republic [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], Chad [BBC backgrounder; … [read more]

[JURIST] Bahraini authorities have released an 11-year-old detainee who was imprisoned for nearly a month, his lawyer told reporters on Tuesday. Ali Hasan Alqudaihi was arrested on May 14 for allegedly attending an illegal gathering [CNN report]. The boy was accused of deliberately blocking traffic with several other individuals. The … [read more]

[JURIST] The Task Force on Citizen Safety and Protection [official website] appointed by Florida Governor Rick Scott [official website] on Tuesday began its investigation into the state's stand your ground law [text]. The task force is holding its first public hearing Tuesday morning and parents of Trayvon Martin [BBC backgrounder; … [read more]

[JURIST] A spokesperson for the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] said Tuesday that the Libyan government has failed to explain why four ICC staff members are being detained, and their continued detention is a violation of international law. A judicial source in Libya told reporters Monday that the four … [read more]

[JURIST] New York City on Monday filed a derivative suit [press release] in Delaware Chancery Court [official website] against Wal-Mart [corporate website] alleging that both officers and board members of the company breached their fiduciary duties to shareholders by improperly handling reports of bribery that occurred in Mexico. The allegations … [read more]

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