Legal news from Thursday, July 25, 2013

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website] on Thursday urged [press release] Israel to reconsider a law [press release] that, if adopted, is likely to result in the demolition of up to 35 Bedouin villages in the Negev desert. The proposed Law for Regularizing Bedouin Habitation … [read more]

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [judgment] Thursday that the 2005 trial and conviction of former Russian oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive] and his business partner Platon Lebedev [JURIST news archive] was not politically motivated. The court, however, did find that … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday that Israel cannot be listed as the place of birth on US passports for citizens born in Jerusalelm. Section 214(d) of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act [text, PDF] requires the State Department … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Middle District of Alabama [official website] on Tuesday delayed enforcement of an Alabama abortion law until March 2014. The Women's Health and Safety Act [text], signed [JURIST report] in April, requires abortion clinics to meet unprecedented medical standards that supporters … [read more]

[JURIST] Federal bankruptcy judge Steven Rhodes issued a stay Wednesday on all litigation against Detroit during the city's bankruptcy. Rhodes asserted that his court has exclusive jurisdiction [Reuters report] over the case [materials]. While Wednesday's decision did not determine whether Detroit will ultimately receive Chapter 9 protection, it allows the … [read more]

[JURIST] A regional court in Russia on Wednesday denied an appeal by Maria Alekhina, a member of the feminist rock band Pussy Riot [RAPSI backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Alekhina filed the appeal after a court denied her parole [JURIST report] in May. Alekhina and her fellow band mates, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova … [read more]

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