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Legal news from Wednesday, September 12, 2012

[JURIST] The Montana Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that there is no constitutional right to the cultivation, distribution and use of medical marijuana [JURIST news archive]. The plaintiffs in the case sought to prevent the enactment and enforcement of a 2011 law [SB 423, text] that repealed … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on torture Juan Mendez [official website] on Wednesday called on the Egyptian government and courts to stop permitting evidence acquired through torture [press release] to be admitted in any legal proceedings including military trials. The announcement comes after three men were sentenced to death on terrorism … [read more]

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Wednesday urged Italy to change its discriminatory policies against the country's Roma [AI backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. In its report [text, PDF], AI revealed that in the 10 months after the "Nomad Emergency" was deemed unlawful by the Council of State, the highest … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia Shamsul Bari on Wednesday welcomed [press release] the elections of the new president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud [BBC profile] and the new Speaker of the Parliament Mohamed Sheikh Osman Jawaari, urging them to respect the rule of law … [read more]

[JURIST] The Federal Constitutional Court of Germany [official website, in German] on Wednesday rejected a preliminary injunction [judgment, in German; press release, in German] to halt the implementation of the the 500 billion euro (USD $632 billion) European Stability Mechanism (ESM) [text, PDF] and the fiscal compact, but imposed a … [read more]

[JURIST] A Libyan judge on Tuesday temporarily suspended the trial of former intelligence chief Buzeid Dorda following claims by his defense lawyer that the trial was unconstitutional. Dorda, who was intelligence chief under former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive], had argued that his trial should not … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday filed petitions in the US Supreme Court [official websites] asking them to consider two additional challenges to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) [text]. The recent petitions [Reuters report] bring the number of cases challenging DOMA in the Supreme Court to … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit [official website] on Tuesday reinstated [opinion, PDF] a $220,000 jury verdict in a music file-sharing case against Jamie Thomas-Rasset for downloading 24 copyrighted songs. Sony BMG, Arista Records, Interscope Records, UMG Recordings, Capitol Records and Warner Bros. Records [corporate websites] … [read more]

[JURIST] Ohio officials on Monday asked a federal appeals court to overturn a lower court ruling requiring Ohio's three-day early voting to be available to military and civilians alike. Ohio Secretary of State John Husted and Attorney General Mike DeWine [official websites] filed an appeal [Bloomberg report] in the US … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Tuesday narrowed the scope on a preliminary injunction [opinion, PDF] against a 1972 Idaho law that makes it a felony to end one's own pregnancy. Mother of three Jennie Linn McCormack was prosecuted in May 2011 under … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website] urged [press release] Venezuela [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday to re-commit to the American Convention on Human Rights [text], the treaty that empowers the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) [official website, in Spanish]. Venezuela, under the … [read more]

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