Legal news from Tuesday, January 8, 2013

[JURIST] The former deputy president of the Egyptian Supreme Constitutional Court [official website] on Tuesday announced that she has filed a lawsuit with the court challenging the legality of Egypt's controversial new constitution [text, PDF]. Tahani el-Gebali is the only female judge to sit on the Constitutional Court, the country's … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) [official website] on Tuesday called on [press release] the Nepal government to cooperate with an investigation into allegations leveled against Nepal Army Colonel Kumar Lama. Lama was arrested [JURIST report] in the UK last week and is charged with two counts of torture … [read more]

[JURIST] The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles [official website] on Monday was ordered to release its files on child abuse by its employees with full disclosure on all subject matter, totaling nearly 30,000 pages of documents and more than 200 priests named in the allegations. Judge Emilie Elias of … [read more]

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] on Tuesday announced a settlement [press release] with the federal government to provide full separation payment to service members discharged under the controversial Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) [JURIST backgrounder] policy. The complaint [text, PDF], filed by the ACLU and the … [read more]

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] called Monday for Egypt to release an Egyptian journalist [AI report] facing a military trial in the country. Mohamed Sabry, a journalist and blogger, was arrested Friday by the country's military in the city of Rafah near the Egyptian-Gaza border. Sabry has been charged … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Kansas [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that a challenge to a 2011 Kansas law [HB 2075 materials] prohibiting insurance companies from covering abortions [JURIST backgrounder] will go to trial. The law in question prohibits comprehensive insurance plans … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard arguments in two cases [JURIST report] on Monday. The first, Descamps v. United States [transcript, PDF], concerned whether Matthew Descamps' burglary conviction under California law can allow a conviction under federal burglary law, which had slightly different requirements than California's statute. Federal … [read more]

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