Legal news from Wednesday, February 6, 2013

[JURIST] The Virginia General Assembly [official website] on Tuesday approved legislation limiting the kinds of acceptable documents that voters may use as identification for casting ballots in the Commonwealth. Specifically, Virginia Senate Bill No. 719 and House Bill No. 1337 [texts] remove "several items from the list of acceptable identification … [read more]

[JURIST] The High Court of Australia [official website] unanimously ruled [judgment; summary, PDF] on Wednesday that Google [corporate website] did not engage in misleading or deceptive conduct in violation of Section 52 of the Trade Practices Act of 1974 [text, PDF]. The ruling overturns a lower court ruling [JURIST report]. … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Wednesday spoke out [press release] against the assassination of Chokri Belaid, a political opposition leader in Tunsia. Belaid was killed by gunfire outside of his home on Wednesday morning. Pillay described Belaid as "a prominent defender of human … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Wednesday urged the government of Somalia to reopen the case [press release] of a reporter and an alleged rape-victim who were both sentenced [JURIST report] to a year in prison Tuesday. Calling the sentences a "serious blow to … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) [official websites] said Wednesday that significant progress has been made in ending the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) [WHO backgrounder] but called upon the international community to do more to end the practice [press release]. UNICEF estimates … [read more]

[JURIST] At least 54 countries participated [press release] in the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] overseas detention and rendition of at least 136 people, the Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI) [advocacy website] reported [text, PDF] Tuesday. According to the report, after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 … [read more]

[JURIST] The Council of Europe [official website] on Tuesday urged Turkey to move more quickly in its efforts to reform legislation. Council Secretary-General Thorbjorn Jagland [official profile], speaking at a conference in Ankara, emphasized the importance of reform in the laws governing freedom of expression and anti-terrorism, and the pressing … [read more]

[JURIST] The UK Parliament [official website] voted 400-175 [press release] on Tuesday in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage in England and Wales. The legislation [HC Bill 126, text], which was introduced late last month [JURIST report], would extend the application of the Marriage Act of 1949 [materials] to same-sex couples … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Monday filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF; press release] against credit rating agency Standard and Poor's (S&P) [corporate website] for the misrepresentation of the credit risk of complex financial products. S&P assessed the credit risk of structured financial instruments, such as … [read more]

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