Legal news from Tuesday, March 5, 2013

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[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Tuesday highlighted their concern over violence and turmoil in Guinea [press release]. The OHCHR discussed reports of injuries and death [UN News Centre report] following demonstrations in the captial of Conakry. OHCHR spokesperson Rupert Colville … [read more]

[JURIST] A Chilean appeals court on Tuesday ordered [judgment, PDF, in Spanish] the suspension of the Punta Alcalde hydroelectric dam project based on environmental concerns. The project is under the management of Endesa [corporate website], an energy company based in Spain. The suit was brought by local fishermen who claimed … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Tuesday condemned [press release] the increase in attacks on those with albinism in Tanzania. Pillay's statement comes following four attacks on albinos over a 16-day period, including three children. Pillay called the attacks "abhorrent" and called upon local … [read more]

[JURIST] Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe [official website] vetoed [press release] a bill on Monday that would have prohibited abortions 12 or more more weeks into a pregnancy if the fetus' heartbeat could be detected at that point. Known as the Human Heartbeat Protection Act [SB 134, PDF], this bill was … [read more]

[JURIST] Police in the Maldives arrested former president Mohamed Nasheed [JURIST news archive] on Tuesday for missing a February 10 court appearance for charges that he illegally detained a judge prior to his resignation last year. Nasheed had taken refuge [Al Jazeera report] in the Indian High Commission in the … [read more]

[JURIST] A special court in Afghanistan on Tuesday sentenced 20 men to four to five years in prison for their involvement in the USD $935 million fraud that led to the 2010 collapse of Kabul Bank. Founder and former chairman Sherkhan Farnood and former chief executive officer Khalilullah Ferozi were … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Monday affirmed [opinion, PDF] a preliminary injunction [JURIST report] barring the enforcement of an Arizona immigration law that prohibits motorists from stopping traffic to pick up workers. The injunction applies to two provisions of Arizona's SB 1070 … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously in Levin v. United States [JURIST report] that the intentional tort exception in the Gonzales Act [10 USC § 1089 text] does not immunize individual government medical personnel against battery suits. Thus, instead of suing the entire … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] granted certiorari in one new case [order list, PDF] on Monday. In Walden v. Fiore [cert. petition, PDF; docket] the court will consider two questions of venue and jurisdiction [Cornell LII backgrounders]. First, the court will look at whether a court can exercise … [read more]

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