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Legal news from Thursday, March 7, 2013

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website; JURIST backgrounder] on Thursday agreed to delay [order, PDF; press release] the trial of Kenyan presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta and his co-defendant Francis Muthaura [case materials] until July 9. The two men are currently facing charges of crimes against humanity. Kenyatta is … [read more]

[JURIST] Judge Lynn Winmill of the US District Court for the District of Idaho [official website] on Wednesday struck down [opinion, PDF] Idaho's "fetal pain" statute, which banned most abortions after 20 weeks. The bill, called the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act [text, PDF; JURIST report], was based on disputed … [read more]

[JURIST] The EU General Court [official website] on Thursday ruled [text] against Poland in an appeal [materials] challenging the EU's Emissions Trading System (ETS) [EU backgrounder] mechanism for distributing free-carbon permits. Poland had claimed that the law was inequitable in its effect as it failed to take into consideration the … [read more]

[JURIST] The New York State Assembly [official website] on Wednesday approved a bill [text] imposing an over two-year ban on fracking [JURIST backgrounder], or hydraulic fracturing, in the state. The measure was passed [AP report] by a margin of 95 to 40 and would postpone any potential fracking until May … [read more]

[JURIST] A former Colombian lawmaker was found guilty on Wednesday for his involvement in a 1988 massacre that killed 43 people. Cesar Perez was convicted [UPI report] for allegedly financing the attack, which was reportedly carried out for political purposes. Negro Vladamir, one of the leaders of the attack, accused … [read more]

[JURIST] A Milan court on Wednesday sentenced [video] former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to one year in prison for publicly releasing private wiretaps in 2005. In particular, Berlusconi's sentence stems from his conviction of publishing the transcript of a tapped phone conversation in Il … [read more]

[JURIST] The trial of 40 former Libyan officials began Thursday in al-Zawiya. The charges include [Xinhua report] inciting the killing of protesters during the revolution, wasting public funds, embezzlement and abuse of power. The defendants committed these crimes as part of the former Gaddafi regime during the uprising [JURIST backgrounder] … [read more]

[JURIST] A UK court on Thursday ruled in favor of Apple in a patent infringement lawsuit filed by Samsung [corporate websites]. The suit involved three patents in connection to data and information transfer technology that Samsung alleged Apple infringed. The technology allows transfers of information over the third-generation networks that … [read more]

[JURIST] The Arkansas legislature voted Wednesday to override Governor Mike Beebe's [official website] recent veto of the Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act [Act 301, PDF; materials], which bans abortions "of an unborn human individual whose heartbeat has been detected ... and is twelve (12) weeks or greater gestation." In a … [read more]

[JURIST] Mexico's Chamber of Deputies [official website, in Spanish] voted 376-56 [press release, in Spanish] on Tuesday to remove criminal immunity for federal lawmakers. The bill, which contains proposed amendments to the country's constitution, seeks to subject federal senators and deputies to the criminal justice system. The lawmakers, including high-ranking … [read more]

[JURIST] The Maryland Senate [official website] on Wednesday voted 27-20 [roll call vote] to repeal the death penalty, a legislative goal long sought by Governor Martin O'Malley [official website]. Passed after several days of debate, Senate Bill 276 [text, PDF] seeks to repeal "the death penalty and all provisions relating … [read more]

[JURIST] Oklahoma Attorney General E Scott Pruitt [official profile] on Tuesday filed a petition [text, PDF; press release] asking the US Supreme Court [official website] to review a decision by the Oklahoma Supreme Court [official website] which struck down two state laws limiting abortion rights for physicians and patients. In … [read more]

[JURIST] Defense lawyers for terrorism detainees held at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) [advocacy website] sent a letter [text, PDF] to Rear Admiral John Smith Jr. [official profile] describing harsh conditions faced by the detainees and indicated that the detainees have begun to protest … [read more]

[JURIST] Attorney General Eric Holder [official website] spoke before Congress on Wednesday urging [text] them to pass gun control legislation. In a hearing [materials] before the US Senate Committee on the Judiciary [official website], Holder requested that Congress consider universal background checks, banning high-capacity magazines and military style weapons. He … [read more]

[JURIST] Malian Tuareg rebels on Tuesday called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] to investigate alleged war crimes committed by Malian government forces during the recent conflict. Azawad National Liberation Movement (MNLA) announced that it has asked the ICC to investigate [AFP report] the alleged use of torture, … [read more]

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