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Legal news from Monday, July 30, 2012

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Arizona [official website] on Monday declined to block enforcement of a new Arizona abortion regulation [HB 2036 materials; JURIST report] that will ban abortions after 20 weeks unless there is a medical emergency. The law is scheduled to … [read more]

[JURIST] US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts [official profile] on Monday renewed his temporary stay [order, PDF] on a Maryland Court of Appeals [official website] ruling that police could not collect DNA from individuals arrested for violent crimes and burglaries. The state court ruling effectively bars the collection of … [read more]

[JURIST] An anti-abortion group appealed to the US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday in an attempt to reinstate an Oklahoma ballot initiative to establish legal rights for embryos. Personhood USA [advocacy website] had originally tried to gather enough petition signatures to put the "personhood" issue on Oklahoma's November election … [read more]

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Monday postponed the next stage in a hearing challenging the composition of Egypt's constitutional assembly, the council responsible for drafting the country's new constitution, until late September. The assembly faces its latest challenge from a group that opposes the body's Islamist majority. A hearing on … [read more]

[JURIST] Florida Governor Rick Scott announced Monday that his state will appeal the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida [official website] ruling that struck down [order, PDF] a Florida law that barred doctors from discussing the dangers of gun ownership with patients. Earlier this month Judge Marcia … [read more]

[JURIST] An Iranian court on Monday sentenced to death four individuals convicted on financial corruption charges, the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) [official website] reported [IRNA report]. The national news agency cited [Reuters report] Prosecutor-General Gholamhossein Mohseni-Ejei, who said that the four were among 39 suspects who received sentences ranging … [read more]

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] announced [press release] on Monday that its affiliates in 38 states had sent letters to local and state police departments asking them to clarify how they use information obtained from automatic license plate readers (ALPRs). ALPRs are cameras mounted near roads … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) [official website] on Monday confirmed [order materials] its jurisdiction over the trials of the assassins of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. The defense counsel for the four accused, Salim Ayyash, Mustafa Badreddine, Hussein Oneissi and Assad … [read more]

[JURIST] Slovakian authorities on Monday announced plans to seek the extradition of a 97-year-old Hungarian man arrested in Budapest earlier this month on allegations of abusing and helping deport thousands of Jews during the Holocaust. Slovak Justice Minister Tomas Borec [official profile, in Slovak] asked a court to seek the … [read more]

[JURIST] A court in Namibia has ruled that the government sterilized three HIV-positive women without obtaining appropriate consent, a legal aid group said Monday. The Southern African Litigation Center (SALC) [advocacy website] reported [press release] that the court ruled the sterilization of the women improper after finding that they were … [read more]

[JURIST] An Indian court sentenced 21 individuals to life imprisonment on Monday after finding them guilty of attempted murder and rioting relating to several murders in the town of Visnagar in Gujarat state 10 years ago. The 21 Hindus were convicted and sentenced [AP report] for the deaths of 11 … [read more]

[JURIST] A court in the Maldives has refused to hear the case against former president Mohamed Nasheed, saying it does not have jurisdiction to rule in the case. Nasheed was formally charged earlier this month with illegally arresting a former chief justice of the nation's criminal court and thereby violating … [read more]

[JURIST] Jailed former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [personal website; JURIST news archive] on Monday requested permission to be absent from her tax evasion trial proceedings, which are scheduled to resume on July 31. Tymoshenko reportedly asked to be excused from the proceedings [RFE/RL report] due to health concerns. A … [read more]

[JURIST] A rights group in South Korea [JURIST news archive] on Monday announced its intent to appeal to the UN over the alleged torture of Seoul activist Kim Young-hwan during his time detained in China after helping North Korean refugees there. The Committee for the Release of Kim Young-hwan is … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Colorado [official website] on Friday issued an injunction [order, PDF] barring the federal government from enforcing its controversial employer insurance mandate against a Colorado business owned by a Catholic family. The mandate [HHS press release], issued by the … [read more]

[JURIST] Romanian President Traian Basescu [official website, in Romanian] survived a national referendum on Sunday when the vote was invalidated for failing to achieve the required threshold of 50 percent voter turnout. The controversial attempt to remove Basescu from office was largely orchestrated by Prime Minister Victor Ponta [BBC profile], … [read more]

[JURIST] Russian President Vladimir Putin [official website] on Monday signed [press release] a bill into the law that re-criminalizes slander and libel in the country. The law defines slander as "knowingly disseminating false information defaming the honour and dignity or undermining the reputation of another person." The legislation was approved … [read more]

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