Legal news from Tuesday, March 26, 2013

[JURIST] Congolese war crimes suspect Bosco Ntaganda [BBC profile] denied charges at his first appearance before the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Tuesday. Ntaganda is accused of 10 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, including murder, rape, pillage, using child soldiers and other crimes. After a … [read more]

[JURIST] The Maryland House of Delegates [official website] on Monday approved a bill [HB 1101 materials] to legalize medical marijuana by a vote of 108-28. The bill would also create a state commission to manage medical marijuana programs at participating academic medical research centers. While the amount of distribution centers … [read more]

[JURIST] Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe [official website] on Monday vetoed [press release] a bill [SB 2, PDF] that would have required citizens to show photo identification prior to voting. The requirement of photo ID for casting a ballot additionally calls for Arkansas to provide free photo IDs to voters without … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments Tuesday in Hollingsworth v. Perry [transcript, PDF; audio], the first of two cases the court will hear this week on same-sex marriage [JURIST report; JURIST backgrounder]. In Tuesday's argument, the court considered the validity of Proposition 8 [JURIST news archive], … [read more]

[JURIST] Egypt's top prosecutor issued arrest warrants on Monday against five activists for their alleged involvement in recent clashes between protesters and the Muslim Brotherhood [party website]. The warrants were issued against activists opposing the Brotherhood and President Mohamed Morsi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] following violent clashes that occurred … [read more]

[JURIST] A coalition of international human rights groups on Monday criticized [report] the trial of 94 activists in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) [BBC profile]. The joint endeavor is led by the Gulf Centre for Human Rights, the International Federation of Human Rights, the Arab Network for Human Rights Information … [read more]

[JURIST] Michel Djotodia, leader of rebel forces behind a coup in the Central African Republic (CAR) [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], declared in a radio address Monday that the country's constitution is dissolved and he is now the nation's leader. Djotodia, a leader of the Seleka [WorldWideConflicts profile] rebel alliance … [read more]

[JURIST] Rengan Rajaratnam, younger brother to former Galleon Group hedge fund manager Raj Rajaratnam [JURIST news archive], on Monday pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiring with his brother to trade on non-public information concerning Clearwire Corporate [website] and Advanced Micro Devices Incorporated [corporate website] in 2008. Rengan was charged … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] granted certiorari [order text, PDF] in two cases on Monday, including a new affirmative action case. The court will hear Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action [cert. petition, PDF; docket] on whether a state violates the Equal Protection Clause [text] by amending … [read more]

[JURIST] Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin tendered her resignation to Governor Tom Corbett [official profile] on Monday. Melvin and her sister were convicted [JURIST report] in February of corruption for misusing state-paid staffers to do campaign work to aid Melvin in winning a seat on the bench. Pennsylvania … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments Monday in two cases [JURIST report]. In Oxford Health Plans LLC v. Sutter [transcript, PDF] the court is considering whether an arbitrator acts within his powers under the Federal Arbitration Act [text] or exceeds those powers by determining that parties … [read more]

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