Legal news from Wednesday, April 10, 2013
16:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Wednesday affirmed the dismissal [opinion, PDF] of a suit by victims of the Bernie Madoff [JURIST news archive] Ponzi scheme against the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website]. The Madoff victims had argued that the [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that a New Mexico school district acted constitutionally when it prohibited five students from distributing two-inch rubber fetus dolls with pro-life cards attached. Writing for the unanimous three-judge panel, the Honorable Scott Matheson, Jr. [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] called upon Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] Wednesday to do more to address violence between religious groups. Nadim Houry, deputy director for Middle East and North Africa at HRW, released the statement [press release] in response to violence between [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] An appeals court in Guatemala City announced Tuesday that it has upheld a lower court decision which acquitted former President Alfonso Portillo of criminal charges that he had stolen over USD $15 million during his time as president. In 2011 the criminal charges of embezzlement [JURIST report] against Portillo [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] Alabama Governor Robert Bentley [official website] on Tuesday signed [press release] the Women's Health and Safety Act [text, PDF], which imposes increases safety requirements on abortion clinics and practitioners within the state. The Act requires clinics that provide abortions to meet the same standards as ambulatory care centers, requires [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] Judge Lew Kaplan of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] announced on Tuesday that the trial of Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, son-in-law of Osama Bin Laden [WP obituary; JURIST news archive], is scheduled for January 7, 2014. Kaplan said the start date would [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] announced [press release] Wednesday that the use of the death penalty declined worldwide in 2012 despite some setbacks. In its annual review of death sentences and executions [report, PDF], AI concluded that at least 682 individuals were executed in 2012. Twenty-one countries carried out [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] Libya's national assembly passed laws on Tuesday which criminalize torture and kidnapping. Those found guilty of violating the laws [Washington Post report] could face up to ten years of imprisonment. The law treats anyone who stands by and allows these acts to occur as complicit [Libya Herald report] in [read more]

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