Legal news from Friday, June 14, 2013

[JURIST] Egypt's Court of Cassation [SIS backgrounder], its highest court, on Thursday overturned the jail sentence of former prime minister Ahmed Nazif [JURIST news archive] and ordered a retrial on charges of illicit gains. The court overturned [Daily News Egypt report] his sentence pursuant to Article 166 of Egypt's 2012 … [read more]

[JURIST] Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Thursday used a presidential decree to bypass parliament in order to make changes to electoral laws in compliance with the Constitutional Court's order to hold elections by July 31. The amended electoral laws [Reuters report] ensure that all political … [read more]

[JURIST] The US House Judiciary Committee [official website] on Wednesday voted 20-12 [press release] in favor of legislation which would ban most abortions in the US after 20 weeks gestation. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act [HR 1797, PDF] is based on the controversial premise that a fetus can feel … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Wednesday called on [press release] Cambodia's donors to oppose a land titling campaign created by Prime Minister Hun Sen, alleging that it lacks accountability and transparency and is prone to abuse. Hun Sen announced on Monday that the program will be suspended … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday issued a new regulation [text, DOC] barring any demonstration within the Supreme Court building or grounds, excluding the surrounding sidewalks, if the activity is "reasonably likely to draw a crowd or onlookers." In order to "maintain suitable order and decorum within … [read more]

[JURIST] Activist attorney and former government prosecutor Larry Klayman filed a class action lawsuit [complaint, PDF] on Wednesday in the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website], challenging the government's recently revealed phone data collection. Klayman, founder of the political advocacy group Freedom Watch [advocacy website], claims … [read more]

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