Legal news from Thursday, January 17, 2013

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York [official website] on Tuesday dismissed [text, PDF] a lawsuit against federal law enforcement officials by men who claim they were illegally detained after 9/11 [JURIST backgrounder]. The suit is Turkmen v. Ashcroft [CCR backgrounder]. The … [read more]

[JURIST] Army Colonel Denise Lind, who is presiding over the prosecution of Bradley Manning [advocacy website; JURIST news archive], ruled on Wednesday that prosecutors must prove that Manning was aware that he was providing information to an enemy of the US when he leaked confidential documents to the website WikiLeaks … [read more]

[JURIST] The son of Libya's deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive] appeared in court in Zintan, Libya, on Thursday. Saif al-Islam Gaddafi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] is accused of transferring [Al Jazeera report] information related to Libya's national security to an International Criminal Court (ICC) [official … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday that members of the media do not have the right to report from, or take photos or video within, Pennsylvania polling places. While PG Publishing Company (PG) [corporate website], the appellant in the case, … [read more]

[JURIST] Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange [official website] on Tuesday asked [cert. petition] the US Supreme Court [official website] to overturn a recent decision striking down provisions of Alabama's controversial immigration law [HB 56, PDF]. Alabama is appealing a decision [JURIST report] issued last August by the US Court of … [read more]

[JURIST] Pakistan's top anti-corruption official on Thursday refused to arrest Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf [BBC profile] for corruption charges pursuant to a court order. Chief of the National Accountability Bureau, Fasih Bokhari, argued [WP report] that there was insufficient evidence against Ashraf to arrest him for allegations of accepting … [read more]

[JURIST] Human rights group Freedom House [advocacy website] released a report [text, PDF] on Wednesday detailing the state of democracy in the world. The report tracks improvements and declines in the levels of democracy in governments. While Freedom House reports that 26 countries experienced overall declines in freedom while only … [read more]

[JURIST] Former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre [BBC backgrounder] will stand trial next month for alleged crimes against humanity, Senegal's Justice Minister Aminata Toure confirmed Tuesday. Senegal's national assembly adopted a law in December allowing Senegal to create a special tribunal [JURIST report] with the African Union (AU) [official website], which … [read more]

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] signed 23 executive actions Wednesday and called on Congress to pass stricter gun-control laws. Most of the executive actions are intended to strengthen existing gun laws during what the president called an "epidemic of violence," while the other orders address issues of mental … [read more]

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