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Legal news from Thursday, July 26, 2012

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Committee (OHCHR) [official website] on Thursday urged Kenya to investigate all cases related to the 2007 post-election violence [JURIST news archive] in order to avoid impunity. The OHCHR expressed concern [Reuters Africa report] that the proceedings against the perpetrators responsible for the violence are making … [read more]

[JURIST] Madoff trustee Irving Picard has asked a bankruptcy court to approve the release of between $2.5 and $3.5 billion in recovered assets so that it can be distributed to victims of the Bernard Madoff [JURIST news archive] Ponzi scheme. Picard has recovered over $9 billion in assets on behalf … [read more]

[JURIST] The North Gauteng High Court at Pretoria in South Africa on Thursday convicted of high treason the leader of an extremist group responsible for nine bombings in Johannesburg's Soweto township in 2002. Mike du Toit, leader of the white supremacist group Boeremag [backgrounder], has been on trial for nine … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Compensation Commission (UNCC) [official website] on Thursday made available additional funds [press release, PDF] for the government of Kuwait [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] in an amount of around $1.3 billion for losses suffered during 1990-1991 Iraqi invasion [BBC backgrounder]. The funds will be available to six … [read more]

[JURIST] A man charged with kidnapping, assault and violating a hate crime law in an attack on a gay man filed a motion in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky [official website] on Wednesday challenging the validity of the hate crime law under which he is … [read more]

[JURIST] The Thomas More Law Center [advocacy website] on Wednesday filed a motion [text, PDF; press release] in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan [official website] asking the court to block a controversial employer insurance mandate, issued by the US Department of Health and Human Services … [read more]

[JURIST] The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday that an individual who is party to a Vermont civil union must first dissolve that civil union before entering into a marriage with a different person in Massachusetts. The case concerns Richard Elia, who in 2005 discovered … [read more]

[JURIST] A German court on Thursday dismissed the patent infringement case brought by Microsoft Corp. against Google subsidiary Motorola Mobility [corporate website]. Microsoft alleged [WSJ report] that Motorola has unlawfully used its patent EP1304891 [European Patent Register materials] which monitors different functions on a smartphone and provides such information to … [read more]

[JURIST] Rwandan leaders who aided armed forces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] and supplied them with weapons, armor and recruits, including children may have committed war crimes, the leader of the US Office of Global Criminal Justice (GCJ) [official website] told reporters … [read more]

[JURIST] The US government and Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Wednesday criticized Cuba [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] for the arrest and detention of more than 40 activists who were attending the funeral of prominent dissident Oswaldo Jose Paya Sardinas [official website, in Spanish] who died on Sunday in … [read more]

[JURIST] The New York Police Department (NYPD) [official website] used excessive force and violated the rights of protesters who participated in the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York City, a report [text, PDF] issued by a coalition of legal rights organizations said. The report alleges that police frequently used … [read more]

[JURIST] New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a brief with the US Supreme Court [official websites] on Tuesday challenging the constitutionality [brief, PDF] of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) [text; JURIST news archive]. DOMA denies federal recognition of same-sex marriages [JURIST backgrounder], which are legally recognized by the … [read more]

[JURIST] A Kenyan court on Wednesday lifted the ban on a group that campaigns for the independence of a coastal strip surrounding the city of Mombasa. The three judges for the country's High Court [official website] held [Reuters report] that there is no evidence demonstrating the Mombasa Republican Council (MRC) … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official] on Wednesday agreed to rehear [order, PDF] a case challenging a California law [proposition 69, PDF] requiring police to conduct buccal mouth swabs to extract DNA samples from any adult arrested or charged with a felony in California. Plaintiffs … [read more]

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Wednesday accused government forces and rebels in Syria [JURIST news archive] of summarily capturing and killing [press release] opposition forces in violation of international humanitarian law. The AI report came after 19 bodies were found, including unarmed men and one child, in Damascus … [read more]

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