Legal news from Tuesday, January 29, 2013

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Tuesday upheld the in absentia death sentences of seven Coptic Christians and an American preacher on charges stemming from the amateur anti-Muslim film Innocence of Muslims [BBC backgrounder], which sparked violent protests in the Middle East last year. A criminal court in Cairo sentenced [JURIST … [read more]

[JURIST] Michigan Governor Rick Snyder [official website] sent a letter [text, PDF] to the Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court [official website] on Monday requesting an advisory opinion on the constitutionality of the state's right to work law. Under Article 3, Section 8 of the Michigan Constitution [text], the … [read more]

[JURIST] Myanmar's state-run newspaper Myanma Ahlin reported Tuesday that President Thein Sein [BBC profile] abolished Order No. 2/88, which banned gathering and delivering speeches in public by a group of five or more people. The order, which was established in 1988 when the the military government came into power, has … [read more]

[JURIST] The UK Court of Appeal [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF] Tuesday that a Criminal Records Bureau [official website] law requiring individuals to divulge all previous convictions to certain groups of employers is a breach of human rights. The court held that the disclosure provisions of three legislative acts that … [read more]

[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda [official profile] on Monday warned the Malian government [press release] over reports of human rights abuses by Malian forces. In the statement, Bensouda urged Malian authorities to put an immediate stop to the alleged abuses and to investigate and … [read more]

[JURIST] A Guatemalan judge on Monday ordered former dictator Efrain Rios Montt [JURIST news archive] to stand trial on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity stemming from the killing of more than 1,700 villagers of Mayan ancestry. Judge Miguel Angel Galvez announced [BBC report] that Montt, along with one … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Monday refused to reinstate [opinion, PDF] a lawsuit against the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website] by investment fraud victims of disgraced financier Bernard Madoff [JURIST news archive]. The investors had sued the SEC under … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Tuesday voiced concern [press release] over the growing violence and rising death toll in Egypt stemming from ongoing protests throughout the country. At least 50 people have been killed since protesters took to the streets to commemorate the … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] on Monday reinstated a lawsuit [opinion, PDF] by a Virginia prison inmate seeking gender reassignment surgery. The court ruled that Ophelia Azriel De'lonta, an inmate suffering from gender identity disorder (GID) [NIH backgrounder], has sufficiently stated a claim … [read more]

[JURIST] A group of eight senators from both parties released a framework [text, PDF] Monday of comprehensive immigration [JURIST backgrounder] reform legislation that they plan to introduce by March. The framework focuses on four "pillars" that the legislation will include: creating a path to citizenship for current unauthorized immigrants, contingent … [read more]

[JURIST] Lawyers for Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] detainee Abu Zubaydah on Monday asked the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] to rule on whether Poland violated their client's rights [Reuters report] by aiding the US in detaining and allegedly torturing Zubaydah in a secret CIA prison [JURIST news … [read more]

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