Legal news from Monday, August 6, 2012

[JURIST] The UK High Court ruled [judgment] Monday that two government back-to-work schemes do not constitute slave labor, rejecting plaintiffs' arguments that the programs breach human rights laws on slavery. The court's ruling upholds [Guardian report] the Jobseeker's Allowance (Employment, Skills and Enterprise Scheme) Regulations 2011 underlying the Work Academy … [read more]

[JURIST] Three members of a Russian feminist activist group who are facing trial for their performance of a protest song in a Russian Orthodox church asked the judge in their case on Monday to recuse herself, saying her decisions were politically motivated. Judge Marina Syrova declined to hear [AP report] … [read more]

[JURIST] UK top judge Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales Lord Igor Judge [official profile] on Friday released his three-year report detailing how recent reforms to the judicial system have placed an increased burden on the judiciary that will create problems with employing and keeping the best people. "The … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Nebraska [official website] on Friday struck down [opinion, PDF] a state campaign finance law that contributes state money to certain political candidates in order to lessen financial disparity among candidates. Under the law, candidates for certain public offices could voluntarily accept additional oversight in exchange … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official website] on Monday upheld [opinion, PDF] a lower court's denial of motion submitted by former Illinois governor George Ryan [JURIST news archive] seeking his release from prison. Ryan argued that he was convicted under pre-Skilling v. United States [Cornell … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of New Jersey [official website] on Monday upheld [opinion, PDF] a law [text, PDF] that requires young drivers to display decals on their license plates in order to enforce driving restrictions. The restrictions are part of New Jersey's graduated driver's license system (GDLS), which temporarily limits … [read more]

[JURIST] A study [text, PDF] that was released [press release] on Monday revealed that US state legislatures have passed fewer laws related to immigrants and refugees than last year. The National Conference of State Legislatures [organization website] documented that 41 states passed 114 bills and adopted 92 resolution concerning the … [read more]

[JURIST] The Turkish state prosecutor on Monday urged the court to move to a verdict in the case of hundreds of Turkish military officers accused of plotting a coup against the government in 2003. The prosecution has demanded 15 to 20 years of imprisonment [Reuters report] for the 364 officers, … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge in Spain on Sunday charged two Russian nationals with possession of explosives and membership in a terrorist organization, after they were arrested last week on suspicion of plotting an attack. Spanish authorities reportedly suspect [BBC report] that the two are members of al Qaeda [JURIST news archive]. … [read more]

[JURIST] The Domestic Workers Convention (DWC) [text] was ratified by the Philippines on Monday, giving the international treaty its second ratification and paving the way for the convention to enter full force of law. The International Labor Organization (ILO) [official website] created the DWC to set the first global standards … [read more]

[JURIST] A tribunal of judges in Kenya on Monday recommended the dismissal of the country's Deputy Chief Justice Nancy Baraza, who has been accused of threatening a security guard with a gun. Baraza was suspended by Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki [official profile; JURIST news archive] last January while the tribunal … [read more]

[JURIST] The government of Pakistan announced Monday that it will petition the Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] to review its decision nullifying the Contempt of Court Bill 2012 which was passed to shield the country's new prime minister from contempt charges. Rather than taking the route of reinstating the … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Monday urged [press release] Tunisian lawmakers to revise a draft law that would limit judicial independence in the country. According to HRW, the new bill sets up a temporary council for judicial supervision that has the authority to appoint, promote and dismiss … [read more]

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