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Legal news from Thursday, September 27, 2012

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] on Thursday urged [press release] the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) [official website] to stop delegating federal immigration authority to state and local law enforcement agencies, claiming this leads to racial profiling. Specifically, the ACLU contends that … [read more]

[JURIST] The Arkansas Supreme Court [official website] announced Thursday that it would allow a ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana [JURIST news archive] on the November ballot. The decision [text, PDF] came as part of a lawsuit brought by the Coalition to Preserve Arkansas Values (CPAV) which fought the inclusion … [read more]

[JURIST] A Dutch court on Wednesday ruled that three Congolese witnesses who testified in an International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] case against militia leader Germain Katanga [case materials; JURIST news archive] must be allowed to remain in the Netherlands to seek asylum. The three unnamed witnesses were originally awaiting … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] called Thursday for the Guinean government to further its support for the prosecution of crimes originating from a 2009 massacre. On the eve of the three-year anniversary of the massacre, HRW published a statement [press release] requesting that additional resources be dedicated to … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Thursday heard oral arguments [ACLU press release] in a challenge to the provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) [text; JURIST news archive] that defines marriage as between a man and a woman for federal purposes. … [read more]

[JURIST] Police in Slovakia announced on Thursday that they have launched an investigation of a 97-year-old Hungarian man suspected of war crimes in connection with the Holocaust. Laszlo Csatary was arrested in Hungary in July on allegations of abusing and helping deport thousands of Jews during the Holocaust. The Hungarian … [read more]

[JURIST] An actress who claims she was duped into appearing in an anti-Islam film that sparked protests in the Middle East filed suit in the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] on Wednesday requesting that the film be removed from YouTube [media website]. Cindy Lee … [read more]

[JURIST] Beijing's Second Intermediate People's Court [official website, in Chinese] on Thursday denied an appeal by dissident artist Ai Weiwei [BBC profile] challenging a 15 million yuan (USD $2.4 million) fine for back taxes. The Chinese government levied the fine against Beijing Fake Cultural Development Ltd., the company that promotes … [read more]

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Thursday urged [press release] California authorities to end "shocking conditions" in high-security prison isolation units. In a report [text, PDF] entitled "The Edge of Endurance: Conditions in California's Security Housing Units," AI examined the prison conditions of over 3,000 individuals who have been … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the Davidson County Chancery Court [official website] in Tennessee on Wednesday ruled that Tennessee's voter identification law [SB 16 materials] does not violate the state's Constitution [text, PDF]. Civil rights attorney George Barrett argued before the court that the requirement that residents show proof of ID … [read more]

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama on Tuesday issued an executive order [text] to strengthen the federal government's zero-tolerance policy for contracting with groups and individuals involved in human trafficking. The order requires the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council (FAR) [official website] to take steps in the next 180 days to amend … [read more]

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