Legal news from Thursday, August 30, 2012

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website] urged Gambian authorities Thursday to enact an immediate moratorium on the use of the death penalty [press release]. The statement is a response [UN News Centre report] to the execution of nine prisoners [JURIST report] on Sunday following a … [read more]

[JURIST] A three-judge panel in the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Thursday unanimously rejected a Texas law [opinion, PDF] requiring voters to present photo identification to election officials before casting their ballots. The judges concluded that the law [SB 14 text] is "the most … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia [official website] on Wednesday issued a temporary injunction blocking same-gender classes at a West Virginia middle school. The order follows a lawsuit [press release] brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] on … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense announced Wednesday that the Chief Prosecutor for Military Commissions [official websites] has filed terrorism charges [press release] against a Saudi Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] prisoner accused of plotting with al Qaeda to blow up oil tankers near Yemen. The detainee, Ahmed al Darbi, has … [read more]

[JURIST] A Maldives commission of inquiry concluded Thursday that former president Mohamed Nasheed's resignation and the transfer of power to current President Mohammed Waheed Hassan [official profile] were legal [report, PDF]. In its report, the Commission of National Inquiry (CONI) [official website] rejected claims by Nasheed that he was forced … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] on Wednesday expressed concern [press release] about Iran's human rights conditions and nuclear program during a visit to Tehran. In several comments since his arrival, Ban stressed the importance of international cooperation and improving the welfare the Iranian people. In a news conference … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Florida [official website] on Tuesday blocked [order, PDF] Florida from implementing a portion of its controversial voting law [HB 1355 materials] that shortens the deadlines for groups conducting voter registration drives to submit registration forms to the … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of India [official website] on Wednesday upheld [judgment, PDF] the death sentence for Mohammad Ajmal Kasab [WSJ backgrounder; JURIST news archive], the only surviving shooter in the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Kasab, a Pakistani national, was convicted [JURIST report] in May … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Chile [official website] on Wednesday rejected a plan to build a thermoelectric power plant in the Atacama region of the country, citing concern about potential pollution. The high court rejected the plan, overturning the environmental license of the Central Castilla thermal power plant, a joint … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Washington at Tacoma [official website] on Monday denied [order, PDF] a motion to dismiss a lawsuit against the US Border Patrol [official website] alleging that agents are routinely stopping vehicles to check the immigration status of Latinos … [read more]

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