Legal news from Thursday, October 4, 2012

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit [official website] on Thursday upheld the dismissal [opinion, PDF] of a challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) [text; JURIST backgrounder] due to the plaintiffs' lack of standing. Although Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder [official website] and … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Thursday urged Serbia [press release] to protect universal freedoms and allow a banned pride parade for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The pride parade, which was scheduled to be held this Saturday in Belgrade, was canceled … [read more]

[JURIST] The war crimes court [official website] of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) on Wednesday acquitted [press release] two Serbian defendants of involvement in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Dragan Neskovic and Zoran Ilic were charged with crimes against humanity for their role in the massacre at … [read more]

[JURIST] An anti-graft court in the Philippines on Thursday ordered the arrest of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] in a corruption case alleging the misuse of state lottery funds. This is the third corruption case pending against Arroyo, who made bail in July [JURIST report] after … [read more]

[JURIST] An Iraqi court on Wednesday sentenced an American citizen to life in prison for funding terrorist activities in Iraq and aiding al Qaeda. Iraq's central criminal court convicted [AP report] Omar Rashad Khalil following a confession he made in which he admitted to receiving money from a Syrian man … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Montana [official website] on Wednesday ruled [order, PDF] that a state law [MCA § 13-37-216] that limits campaign contributions violates the free speech clause of the First Amendment [Cornell LII backgrounder]. Montana's campaign finance law limits the individual … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Wednesday heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] in two cases. In Johnson v. Williams [transcript, PDF; JURIST report] the court heard arguments on whether a state court can "adjudicate on the merits" a case when it has denied a habeas corpus [Cornell … [read more]

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