Legal news from Thursday, March 21, 2013
14:03 EDT

[JURIST] A court in Zimbabwe [BBC backgrounder] on Wednesday refused to grant bail to a prominent human rights lawyer who is charged with obstruction of justice. The court denied bail to Beatrice Mtetwa after prosecutors argued that she may be a flight risk [AP report] because she is a citizen [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] on Thursday adopted a resolution establishing a commission of inquiry to investigate ongoing human rights violations in North Korea. The resolution was unanimously passed [Reuters report] during the 22nd Regular Session [materials] of the council. The council voted to establish the [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Indian Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday upheld [text, PDF] the death sentence [JURIST report] for one of the plotters of the 1993 Mumbai serial bombings [IBN backgrounder] that killed 257 people. Yakub Abdul Razak Memon, brother of mastermind "Tiger" Memon, was convicted in 2006 for his role [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] on Thursday passed a resolution [A/HRC/22, text] to promote reconciliation and accountability in war-torn Sri Lanka [JURIST news archive], a nation facing various allegations of human rights violations. Calling for an "independent and credible international investigation into alleged violations of international [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Kenya [official website] on Wednesday ordered the parties involved in the March 4 election dispute to restrain from making public statements with regard to the case. The court also warned [WP report] civic groups and journalists that they could face punishment for biased statements that [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments Wednesday in Horne v. Department of Agriculture [transcript, PDF; JURIST report] on whether a party can raise the Fifth Amendment [text] takings clause as a defense when charged by the government to transfer funds, rather than raising the claim after [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled 6–3 Tuesday in Wos v. EMA [opinion, PDF], formerly Delia v. EMA [JURIST report], that the NC Gen. Stat. § 108A-57, which takes a third of medical malpractice settlements for Medicaid reimbursement, is preempted by the Medicaid Act's anti-lien provision, 42 USC [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] A group of legal experts testified [webcast] before the Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] Wednesday regarding the growing need for new privacy laws because of the rapid advancement of drone technologies and their increased use. The escalation [AP report] in use and technology have outpaced current privacy laws, according [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts [official website] on Monday dismissed [opinion, PDF] a challenge [JURIST report] to the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act of 2006 (AETA) [text, PDF]. The challenge was brought by five animal rights activists, all represented by the Center for [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] urged [press release] the Libyan government Wednesday to take steps to secure the human rights of residents of Tawergha, who have been targeted for revenge because of their believed support of Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive] during the 2011 Libya Conflict [read more]

06:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled 8-0 Wednesday in Decker v. Northwest Environmental Defense Center (NDEC) [opinion, PDF; JURIST report] that 33 USC § 1369 [text] of the Clean Water Act (CWA) [materials] is not a jurisdictional bar to suits seeking to invalidate certain agency decisions, and an [read more]

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