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Legal news from Tuesday, September 11, 2012

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Appeals for West Virginia [official website] on Friday struck down [opinion] a new West Virginia law [WV Code §3-12-11(e) text] that provides public financing for candidates in state Supreme Court elections. The case was brought directly to the court by a writ of mandamus by … [read more]

[JURIST] An attorney for former UBS [corporate website] banker Bradley Birkenfeld announced on Tuesday that the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) [official website] awarded Birkenfeld $104 million for information leading to an agreement between UBS and the IRS for $740 million in fines and penalties for its role in helping … [read more]

[JURIST] The M23 movement in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] has been responsible for numerous war crimes including summary executions, rapes and forced recruitment, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [press release] Tuesday. HRW based its findings on interviews with 190 victims, … [read more]

[JURIST] Former Egyptian prime minister Ahmed Shafiq was referred for trial Tuesday on corruption charges, according to the country's authorities. Egypt's last prime minister under the 30-year regime of ousted president Hosni Mubarak [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], Shafiq stands accused of misusing public funds [AP report] while in office … [read more]

[JURIST] Yemeni Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] detainee Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif [NYT profile] died [press release] over the weekend at a hospital on the US Navy base after guards found him unconscious in his cell Saturday. Latif's identification was originally being withheld [press release] until the US military could notify … [read more]

[JURIST] President-elect of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto [campaign website, in Spanish] announced Monday that he is proposing constitutional reforms that will increase government transparency. The proposed reforms [AP report] will mark the first legislation that Mexico's new president has announced since winning the election. The Institutional Revolutionary Party [party website, … [read more]

[JURIST] Alabama state officials petitioned [press release] the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] on Monday to reconsider a ruling partially striking down [JURIST report] the state's immigration law [HB 56, PDF]. In August a three-judge upheld [opinion, PDF] several provisions, including one allowing police officers … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Circuit [official website] on Monday upheld [opinion, PDF] an Illinois state law that requires all organizations to disclose their funding sources, including groups that do not focus on elections. In a 2-1 ruling, the Seventh Circuit rejected arguments [Reuters report] by the … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the Superior Court of Quebec [official profile] ruled [judgment, PDF, in French] Monday that the Canadian federal government cannot end the Quebec long-gun registry. The decision invalidated two parts of the Ending the Long-gun Registry Act [materials] and ordered the federal government to release any records … [read more]

[JURIST] The US handed control of the Parwan prison at Bagram Air Base [official website; JURIST news archive] over to Afghanistan officials Monday, although the US retains control of 600 prisoners. These prisoners include Afghani detainees that the US fears will not be handled appropriately, as well as 50 Pakistani … [read more]

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