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Legal news from Wednesday, August 29, 2012

[JURIST] The California State Assembly voted 51-21 on Tuesday to ban reparative therapy intended to change sexual orientation in minors. The bill [SB 1172, PDF], authored by state Senator Ted Lieu, seeks to provide protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth from allegedly deceptive, harmful therapies, while also … [read more]

[JURIST] A Missouri law [HB 1108 materials] allowing police to track individuals' cell phones in emergencies was challenged in a federal lawsuit Monday claiming that the state law conflicts with federal law. The complaint [text, PDF], filed on behalf of a Bolivar resident, asserts that the Missouri law should be … [read more]

[JURIST] An Indian court in Ahmedabad, Gujarat's main city, on Wednesday convicted 32 individuals for their roles in the deaths of 95 people during the 2002 Gujarat riots [JURIST news archive]. Among the convicted [AP report] was Maya Kodnani, the minister of education and child welfare in the Gujarat [official … [read more]

[JURIST] Ukraine's highest court on Wednesday upheld the abuse of office conviction against former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [personal website, in Ukrainian; JURIST news archive]. The country's Supreme Court [official website, in Ukrainian] reasoned [WP report] that there would be no basis to rule in favor of Tymoshenko and that … [read more]

[JURIST] A panel of three federal judges ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that the proposed Texas voting map discriminates against black and Latino voters. Texas' population grew by 4.3 million, which gave it four more seats in the US House of Representatives. The Republican-controlled state legislature redrew the congressional districts in … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia [official website] on Tuesday awarded $21 million [order, PDF] to seven Somalis in a lawsuit [case summary] against former Somali prime minister Mohamed Ali Samantar [JURIST news archive]. The lawsuit, which started in 2004 and made … [read more]

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [judgment, in French] Tuesday that Italy's ban on embryonic screening is a violation of human rights. According to a press release issued by the court, the ban is a violation of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human … [read more]

[JURIST] The Russian Presidential Council on Human Rights [official website, in Russian], an independent advisory body, on Tuesday questioned the legitimacy [statement, in Russian] of the recent guilty verdict and sentence for three members of the Russian feminist activist group Pussy Riot [RAPSI backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The rights council, … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion text] Tuesday that by not allowing Indiana citizens to appeal erroneous entries on the state Sex and Violent Offender Registry [official website] the Indiana Department of Corrections (DOC) [official website] violated Due Process [LII Cornell backgrounder] … [read more]

[JURIST] The Tribunal de grande instance de Nanterr [official website, in French] announced Tuesday that a three-judge panel will investigate the death of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. The investigation was prompted in August by Arafat's widow and daughter [JURIST report] after an Al Jazeera … [read more]

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