Legal news from Friday, July 6, 2012
16:07 EDT

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official profile] signed legislation [HR 4348, PDF] on Friday that prevents the interest rate on student loans from increasing and maintains jobs on infrastructure and transportation projects nationwide. The bill keeps the interest rate on subsidized Stafford loans from doubling [C-SPAN report] from 3.4 percent [read more]

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[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website; press release] on Thursday adopted a resolution [RES/2057 (2012), PDF] granting a one-year mandate extension for the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) [official website] through June 15, 2013. The Council left the South Sudan [BBC News backgrounder; JURIST news archive] mandate unchanged, [read more]

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[JURIST] The electoral victory of Enrique Pena Nieto [official website, in Spanish] of the Mexico's ruling party Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) [party website, in Spanish] was confirmed by a final vote count on Friday. Nieto, however, is still facing legal challenges [JURIST report] brought by his opponent Andres Manuel Lopez [read more]

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[JURIST] Argentina's Poder Judicial de la Nacion [official website, in Spanish] on Thursday sentenced [opinion, in Spanish] two former Argentine dictators to a total of 65 years in prison for their involvement in the systematic kidnapping of babies from leftist activists detained and killed during the nation's 1976-1983 "Dirty War" [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Thailand [official website] on Thursday began its hearing over claims that the country's prime minister's party is planning to amend the constitution, thereby threatening the monarchy. Opposition Democrats have accused that the party of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra [BBC News profile; JURIST news archive], the [read more]

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[JURIST] Chairman of the Chinese Democratic Party [party website, in Chinese] Albert Ho [official website] on Thursday challenged the election of Hong Kong's new leader Leung Chun-ying [BBC News profile]. Ho filed two separate lawsuits seeking to overturn the election results [AFP report], claiming that Leung made false and misleading [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) [advocacy website] on Wednesday signaled to the US District Court for the Western District of Virginia [official website] that the group will appeal the court's decision to dismiss the SCV's legal challenge to a Lexington city ordinance relating to the display of the [read more]

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[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] on Wednesday reported that it has transferred four individuals convicted for their involvement in the 1994 Rwandan genocide [BBC News backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to the Republic of Mali [BBC backgrounder] . The four convicts, who include Theoneste Bagosora [ICTR [read more]

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[JURIST] A lawyer for the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] who was recently released from detention in Libya stated Friday that she did not believe Libya could hold a fair trial for Saif al-Islam Gaddafi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], the son of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi [BBC [read more]

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[JURIST] The California Senate [official website] Thursday approved a bill that prevents local police officers from turning over a detained individual to federal immigration authorities unless the detainee has been convicted of a felony. The California Trust Act [AB 1081, materials] passed the Senate by a vote of 21-13 and [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) [official website] passed Resolution 2056 [text] on Thursday to address the continued hostilities in the country of Mali [JURIST news archive] and demand the violence come to an end. The unanimously adopted resolution [UN News Centre report] addresses continued humanitarian concerns and discourages [read more]

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