Legal news from Thursday, February 28, 2013
17:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Spanish Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish] on Thursday struck down [judgement, PDF, in Spanish; press release, in Spanish] a city ban on wearing veils over the face in municipal buildings, finding that the law infringes on religious freedom. The city of Lleida, in Catalonia, was the first [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] on Thursday declined to hear the appeals of three men convicted of participation in a terrorist plot. Zakaria Amara, Saad Khalid and Saad Gaya, who were members of the "Toronto 18" terrorist group, were given sentences ranging from 14 years to life [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] on Thursday approved [roll call vote] the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) [text, PDF; JURIST news archive] by a vote of 286-138 with seven not voting. The Senate [official website] approved [JURIST report] the same version of the bill earlier this month, [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] Pfc. Bradley Manning [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] pleaded guilty on Thursday to 10 of the 22 charges against him for providing classified materials to WikiLeaks [website; JURIST news archive] in what the government says is the largest leak of classified documents in US history. Manning, who is charged [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] The appeals chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Thursday overturned [text, PDF; press release] the convictions of ex-Yugoslav army chief Momcilo Perisic [ICTY profile, PDF; JURIST news archive] for crimes against humanity and violations of the laws or customs of war. [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Arkansas Senate [official website] voted Thursday to override a veto by Governor Mike Beebe [official website] of the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act [HB 1037, PDF] which bans most abortions in the state 20 weeks after conception. The ban became law immediately following the Senate's 19-14 vote [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] California Attorney General Kamala Harris [official profile] on Wednesday filed [press release] an amicus curiae brief [text, PDF] with the US Supreme Court [official website] arguing that the ban on same-sex marriage [JURIST backgrounder] imposed by the state's Proposition 8 [text, PDF; JURIST news archive] is unconstitutional and should [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in North Korea [official website] Marzuki Darusman and a group of independent human rights experts on Thursday announced their support for an international inquiry [UN News Centre report] into human rights violations in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to bring awareness to [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] The International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) [Facebook page] on Thursday sentenced to death Jamaat-e-Islami party (JI) [party website, in Bengali; GlobalSecurity backgrounder] leader Delwar Hossain Sayeedee [JURIST news archive]. Following the death sentence, violence [Reuters report] between police and activists from Sayeedee's party ensued throughout the country resulting in [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Tokyo District Court [official website, in Japanese] on Thursday rejected a patent infringement claim brought by Samsung against Apple [corporate websites]. Samsung accused Apple of stealing its data transmission technology [AFP report] used in Apple's iPhone smartphones, but the court dismissed the challenge. The alleged patent infringement involved [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] The National Congress of Argentina [official website, in Spanish] on Thursday approved an agreement with Iran to investigate the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires. Argentinian courts have long accused Iran of sponsoring the attack [Reuters report], which killed 85 people, and in 2007 Argentinian [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] ruled [judgment] Wednesday that limitations on free speech with regards to hate speech are constitutionally valid. Under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms [text], every Canadian is entitled to "freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] Three UN independent human rights experts on Wednesday urged [press release] the government of Zimbabwe [BBC backgrounder] to respect international human rights including privacy and freedom of association, in light of growing hostility toward civil society organizations. In the weeks leading up to the country's March 16 constitutional referendum [read more]

07:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled unanimously [opinion, PDF] in Gabelli v. Securities and Exchange Commission [JURIST report] that the statute of limitations under 28 USC § 2462 [text] begins tolling when the fraud occurs, not when it is discovered. Chief Justice John Roberts delivered the opinion of [read more]

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