Legal news from Wednesday, May 29, 2013

[JURIST] A Russian court on Wednesday rejected an appeal by members of the feminist punk group Pussy Riot [RASPI backgrounder; JURIST news archive] against their sentence for a protest against Vladimir Putin [BBC profile]. Last year the group was convicted [JURIST report] of "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred" and sentenced … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] convicted [press release; judgment summary, PDF] six Bosnian Croat political and military leaders Wednesday for persecuting, expelling and murdering Muslims during the Bosnian Civil War [JURIST news archive]. The sentences, ranging from 10 to 25 years, were handed … [read more]

[JURIST] Kenyan police engaged in a 10-week rampage in Nairobi beginning in late 2012, torturing and abusing more than 1,000 refugees, asylum seekers and Somali Kenyans, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [text, PDF] Wednesday. HRW claims that the Kenyan police used grenades and other attacks to relocate refugees … [read more]

[JURIST] Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper [official website] on Tuesday signed a new set of laws regulating the use and sale of recreational marijuana. One law expands [HB13-1317, PDF] the medical marijuana enforcement division [official website] to encompass retail marijuana. The law also prohibits retail marijuana stores from selling more than … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants [official website] Francois Crepeau urged the EU on Tuesday to focus on human rights in its migration policies [press release]. Crepeau visited both sides of the border in Turkey, Greece, Tunisia and Italy [official reports] to investigate the experience … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday denied an appeal [order list, PDF] by the state of Indiana challenging a lower court decision that blocked patient reimbursement through Medicaid if the health providers performed abortions as a part of overall medical care. Planned Parenthood [advocacy website] is one … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN special rapporteur for extreme poverty and human rights Magdalena Sepulveda [official profile] on Tuesday presented [press release] her annual report [materials] to the UN Human Rights Council. Sepulveda urged world governments to enable participation amongst persons living in poverty in decisions that affect their lives. She also … [read more]

[JURIST] Former Michigan Supreme Court justice Diane Hathaway was sentenced on Tuesday to a year and a day in prison for bank fraud. Hathaway concealed assets while dealing with a bank to arrange a short sale on her home, which allowed her to sell her home for less than she … [read more]

[JURIST] Former Guatemalan president Alfonso Portillo [JURIST news archive] pleaded not guilty to money laundering charges in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official site] on Tuesday. He is charged [indictment, PDF] with having laundered more than $70 million through US banks during his four … [read more]

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