Legal news from Friday, August 10, 2012

[JURIST] California Attorney General Kamala Harris [official website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] on Wednesday against a veterans charity organization alleging that its executives engaged in fraudulent fundraising, false reporting to the IRS and other illegal activities. The lawsuit alleges that the veterans charity Help Hospitalized Veterans (HHV) [official website] … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) for Somalia and head of the UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS) [official website] Augustine Mahiga [official profile] on Friday welcomed [press release, PDF] the recent presidential decree on the Somalia's National Security and Stabilization Plan (NSSP). Somalia [BBC backgrounder; JURIST … [read more]

[JURIST] The government of Kuwait [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] on Thursday asked the national Constitutional Court to review the legality of the country's election law. Information Minister Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah Al-Sabah [official website, in Arabic] stated that the decision of referral was made after all constitutional experts agreed that … [read more]

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website; press release] asked a federal judge on Friday to overturn a Michigan law that bans many public agencies from providing health care to same-sex partners of their employees. The ACLU's lawsuit [complaint, PDF] argues that the Michigan law is discriminatory because … [read more]

[JURIST] Romanian prosecutors on Friday asked the country's Parliament [official website] to approve a planned criminal investigation against Victor Dobre, a former junior minister who oversaw public administration in the country's Ministry of Interior [official website, in Romanian] until he quit this week. The prosecutors are accusing Dobre of having … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] ruled [decision] Friday that a Vermont man suing the state under the Thirteenth Amendment to the US Constitution [Cornell LII backgrounder] for labor he was forced to do while awaiting trial in jail will be able to proceed … [read more]

[JURIST] Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette [official profile] filed suit on Thursday seeking to remove from office seven members of the Detroit school board on grounds that enrollment in Detroit public schools is allegedly too low to justify board members being elected on a by-district basis. Filed in Wayne County … [read more]

[JURIST] The government of Uruguay [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] on Friday presented to its national congress a bill to legalize the production and sale of marijuana in the country. Uruguay President Jose Mujica [official website, in Spanish] stated that the bill is a measure designed to decrease the violent … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of India [official website] ruled [opinion] Thursday that persons accused of crimes are entitled to free legal representation in all courts, not just at the trial level. The statute in question was the Legal Services Authorities Act of 1987, which declares that all persons who must … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] on Wednesday heard arguments in the challenge brought by a Mississippi church against a municipal ordinance that bans churches from the city's town square. The Opulent Life Church [official website], a Southern Baptist congregation of 18 members, sought … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of California [official website] on Thursday ruled [opinion, PDF] that several insurance companies must pay the state up to $60 million to clean up an industrial waste storage site. In a unanimous decision California's high court declared that consecutive state-purchased policies of various insurance companies require … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) [official website] on Thursday expressed concern [press release, PDF] over the shortage of humanitarian assistance for the over half a million internally displaced people in Myanmar [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] and called for increased access for aid agencies. … [read more]

[JURIST] Florida's Second Judicial Circuit [official website] on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit that sought to disqualify from the November 6th ballot three Florida Supreme Court justices who face a retention vote. The lawsuit alleged that the three justices unlawfully used court employees to further their election campaigns [AP report] in … [read more]

[JURIST] The US District Court for the District of Hawaii [official website] on Wednesday denied a state law challenge brought by a lesbian couple who seek to be married rather than enter into a civil union. Natasha Jackson and Janin Kleid filed the lawsuit [JURIST report] in December, claiming they … [read more]

[JURIST] The Ivory Coast's commission of inquiry into the country's 2010 post-election violence [JURIST news archive] submitted a report to President Alassane Ouattara [BBC profile] on Wednesday revealing that hundreds of fighters on both sides of the hostilities committed war crimes and human rights violations. Following the disputed November 2010 … [read more]

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