Legal news from Friday, August 31, 2012

[JURIST] A UN human rights expert on Thursday condemned [press release] Iraq for the executions of 21 people on Monday and five more people on Wednesday. UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Chistof Heyns [academic profile] urged the government of Iraq to halt all executions and ensure … [read more]

[JURIST] The California State Assembly [official website] approved a bill [HB 2189, text] on Thursday that allows some illegal immigrants who came to the US as children to obtain driver's licenses. The bill, which the state Senate [official website] approved on Wednesday, directs California's Department of Motor Vehicles to issue … [read more]

[JURIST] Officials from the International Criminal Court (ICC) were in Mali on Friday investigating whether two Islamic groups, the Movement for Oneness and Jihad and Ansar Dine, have committed war crimes in Mali. According to Malian officials the Islamic groups have been committing human rights violations [AFP report], including executing … [read more]

[JURIST] A Tokyo court on Friday dismissed a claim by Apple that Samsung Electronics [corporate websites] violated Apple's patents with its smartphones and tablets. The technology at issued involved synchronizing music and video data [Bloomberg report]. The judge stated that Samsung's technology did not fall within the scope of Apple's … [read more]

[JURIST] Mexico's Electoral Tribunal [official website, in Spanish] on Thursday upheld [press release, in Spanish] the results of the country's recent presidential election, after finding that there was no evidence that the winning candidate, Enrique Pena Nieto [campaign website, in Spanish] violated election regulations. Mexican presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez … [read more]

[JURIST] The former secretary for the political party of ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak [Al Jazeera profile; JURIST news archive] was referred to a criminal court for corruption charges on Wednesday. Safwat El-Sherif is accused of abusing his office [Ahram Online report] and illegally obtaining $49.2 million. He has also … [read more]

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official profile] announced Thursday that the Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] would close its investigation [press release] into the CIA's alleged torture and abuse of detainees, with no criminal charges to be brought as a result of the three-year inquiry. In June 2011 … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Delaware on Thursday struck down the Delaware Chancery Court [official websites] procedure allowing for closed-door arbitrations for large business disputes. In a 26-page decision [memorandum, PDF] Judge Mary McLaughlin held that the Chancery Court's rule allowing parties to … [read more]

[JURIST] An independent UN human rights expert on Thursday condemned [statement, press release] Israel's dismissal of a civil suit brought by the family of an American peace activist. UN Special Rapporteur for the occupied Palestinian territories Richard Falk criticized the Israeli judge's ruling, calling it a "victory for Israeli impunity." … [read more]

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Wednesday urged [press release] authorities in the former Yugoslavia to investigate the enforced disappearances of 14,000 people who are still unaccounted for since the civil war in the 1990s. The report [text, PDF] comes as the mandate for the International Criminal Tribunal for … [read more]

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