Legal news from Friday, June 29, 2012

[JURIST] A minister for France's new Socialist government announced on Friday that France will legalize same-sex marriage by the end of next year. Dominique Bertinotti [official profile, in French], the junior minister for families, proclaimed that within a year, same-sex couples [JURIST news archive] in France will be granted all … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos [official profile] on Friday expressed concern [statement, PDF; press release] about deteriorating conditions in Sudan due to continued violent conflict in the country. Amos noted a recent increase in Sudanese refugees crossing into neighboring countries because of the conflict. In her … [read more]

[JURIST] Peter Madoff [Bloomberg profile], brother of disgraced financier Bernard Madoff [JURIST news archive] pleaded guilty [press release] Friday on charges connected with Bernard Madoff's multibillion dollar Ponzi scheme. He agreed to serve 10 years in prison and give up all of his assets in exchange for permission to remain … [read more]

[JURIST] A New York-based labor rights group alleged Wednesday that Apple [corporate website] suppliers in China are violating local Chinese labor laws [report, PDF]. China Labor Watch [advocacy website] claimed that an Apple Foxconn factory and nine other factories in China that supply Apple force their workers into excessive overtime, … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] on Friday extended [press release] the terms of four judges of the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website]. Judge William Sekule of the United Republic of Tanzania, Judge Solomy Balungi Bossa of Uganda and Judge Mparany Mamy Richard Rajohnson [official … [read more]

[JURIST] Maricopa County [official website], Arizona, asked a judge for the US District Court for the District of Arizona [official website] on Thursday to dismiss the county from a lawsuit brought by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] against Sheriff Joe Arpaio [official website; JURIST news archive] for … [read more]

[JURIST] A Kuwait delegate has started discussions with US officials for the release of two Kuwaiti Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] detainees, the Kuwaiti Ambassador told Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) [media website] on Friday. Sheikh Salem Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah stated [KUNA report] that further discussions will take place in the near … [read more]

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Friday urged [press release] Egypt's new president, Mohamed Morsi, to end the pattern of human rights abuses committed by former president Hosni Mubarak [JURIST news archive] and the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) [Al Jazeera backgrounder]. AI Secretary General Salil Shetty … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Friday denied certiorari [order list, PDF] in a case dealing with media ownership regulations by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) [official website]. In National Association of Broadcasters v. FCC [docket; cert. petition] the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit [official … [read more]

[JURIST] The Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website] on Friday found the defense team of Nuon Chea [ECCC profile], the Khmer Rouge's chief ideologist, guilty of misconduct [decision, PDF]. The decision came a week after a verbal warning [Cambodia Tribunal Monitor report] … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] released a report [text, PDF] on Friday criticizing governments across the globe for implementing counterterrorism laws that allegedly infringe upon suspects' due process and basic human rights. While the report acknowledges that terrorism is a serious issue that needs to be addressed, it … [read more]

[JURIST] The Referral Chamber of the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] on Thursday transferred [decision, PDF] the case of Pheneas Munyarugarama [case materials] to the Rwandan authorities. The decision was based on ICTR prosecutors' request two weeks ago for the referral pursuant to Rule 11 bis … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] ruled [decision, PDF] Thursday that a district court erred in holding that corporations can contribute directly to political campaigns. The Fourth Circuit held that the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission [opinion, PDF] does … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Thursday upheld [decision, PDF] a ten-year prison sentence for former civil rights lawyer Lynne Stewart [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] for her terrorism conviction. Stewart's sentence was increased [JURIST report] to ten years from 28 months last … [read more]

[JURIST] A Chinese court in the southwestern city of Chongqing on Friday quashed the sentence against a Chinese blogger and former forestry employee for lack of evidence. With the annulment of the sentence, the Chongqing Third Intermediate Court ruled [WP report] that the one-year detention of Fang Hong in a … [read more]

[JURIST] After the US Supreme Court [official website] upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) [text; JURIST backgrounder] on Thursday, reactions from lawmakers and parties of interest inundated press coverage. US President Barack Obama [official website], who has made the implementation of PPACA a cornerstone of his administration, … [read more]

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] voted Thursday and found US Attorney General Eric Holder [official profile] in contempt [H. Res. 711 materials] for failing to fully comply with subpoenas issued in regards to a failed gun trafficking investigation. Members of the House voted 255-67 [roll call] with … [read more]

[JURIST] The Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website] on Thursday rejected the request to restore the citizenship of John Demjanjuk [JURIST news archive], a retired Ohio autoworker convicted of being an accessory to over 28,000 murders as a guard at a Nazi extermination camp. Demjanjuk died [JURIST … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Thursday urged Sudan authorities [press release] to take measures to prevent violence against protesters in demonstrations planned for Friday. In a statement, Pillay said the government should instruct security forces to avoid engaging in violent conflicts with protesters. … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Dispute Tribunal (UNDT) [official website] ruled that the UN Ethics Office [official website] has failed to protect the basic rights of a former UN employee, the Guardian reported [text] on Wednesday. James Wasserstrom, a US diplomat and former official for the UN Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) [official … [read more]

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