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Legal news from Tuesday, September 25, 2012

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the ACLU of Massachusetts (ACLUM) [advocacy websites] on Tuesday filed suit [complaint, PDF; press release] to obtain records and information regarding the use of automatic license plate readers (ALPRs) by federal law enforcement and agencies. The suit was filed in the US … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] called [official statement] Monday for the implementation of measures to allow women greater access to justice systems. In his statement to leaders of around 80 nations during the High-Level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Rule of Law [official website], he described … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Middle District of Florida [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that Florida does not have to provide 96 hours of early voting for the November elections. Under a 2004 version of the state's early voting statute, the early voting period … [read more]

[JURIST] The French Court of Cassation [official website, in French] on Tuesday upheld [judgment, PDF, in French] a lower court's 2008 decision finding French oil company Total [corporate website] and several other defendants criminally liable for an oil spill that occurred of the coast of Brittany in 1999. Over 20,000 … [read more]

[JURIST] A Rwandan businessman pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges of involvement in the 1994 Rwandan genocide [HRW backgrounder; JURIST news archive] during Norway's first genocide trial. Sadi Bugingo is accused of taking a lead role in planning and leading attacks [Reuters report] against Tutsi civilians who sought refuge … [read more]

[JURIST] Three armed Islamist groups in northern Mali are abusing the local population and employing child soldiers [press release], Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported Tuesday. According to interviews that HRW conducted over the past several weeks, three rebel groups, Ansar Dine, the Movement for Unity and Jihad in … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) [official website] is not liable for damages caused by canal breaches that occurred during Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive]. Plaintiffs claimed that the impact-review requirement of … [read more]

[JURIST] Kuwait's Constitutional Court on Tuesday upheld a controversial election law passed in 2006 that divides the country into five voting constituencies. Tensions ran high in the lead up to the release of the court's decision. The court was cordoned off [Reuters report] prior to issuance of the ruling after … [read more]

[JURIST] The United Nations held the High-Level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Rule of Law [official website] Monday and released the outcome document [text, PDF] prepared by the meeting. The meeting was attended by the President of the General Assembly, the Secretary-General, the President of the International Court … [read more]

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] on Monday finalized its April ruling [JURIST report] to allow the UK to extradite five terror suspects to the US. Egyptian-born Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and four other suspects appealed [JURIST report] that ruling … [read more]

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