Legal news from Wednesday, July 31, 2013

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[JURIST] A UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) [official website] mid-year report [text, PDF] released on Wednesday indicated a 23 percent rise in the number of Afghani civilian casualties over the first six months of 2013 as compared to the same period last year. The report noted that many civilian … [read more]

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Tuesday called on [press release] California to end conditions for prisoners in solitary confinement and order an impartial investigation into the recent death of a prisoner. Billy Sell, 32, was found hanged in his cell [Reuters report] last Monday at the Corcoran State … [read more]

[JURIST] The UK Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld a law against euthanasia. Tony Nicholson, now deceased, was the victim of a paralyzing stroke. Paul Lamb was severely paralyzed after a car accident. Both men challenged the UK's definition of murder, seeking medical assistance in committing suicide. In 2012 a … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Indiana [official website] on Monday granted a permanent injunction, halting lawmakers from preventing Medicaid recipients from accessing health care services at Planned Parenthood clinics. The case was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana [advocacy … [read more]

[JURIST] The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that probable-cause warrants are not required to access cell phone location information. In a 2-1 decision, the Fifth Circuit reversed lower court decisions that said the location data was protected by the Fourth Amendment … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism on Monday urged [press release] Chilean authorities to refrain from applying anti-terrorism legislation that directly impacts the Mapuche indigenous peoples. Special Rapporteur Ben Emmerson made his first official visit to Chile, finding that "the anti-terrorism legislation has been disproportionately and … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) [official website] praised [statement] the High Court of Kenya Tuesday for upholding [decision] the asylum right of urban refugees and expressed hope the government of Kenya will now resume legal services. Last week the High Court of Kenya ruled against a government directive to … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit [official website] has reaffirmed [opinion, PDF] that two anti-illegal immigration laws enacted in 2006 by Hazleton, Pennsylvania, are preempted by federal immigration law. On Friday the court permanently enjoined Hazleton's enforcement of the Illegal Immigration Relief Act Ordinance (IIRAO) [Ord. … [read more]

[JURIST] The Pennsylvania Department of Health [official website] on Tuesday filed a petition [text, PDF] in the Commonwealth Court seeking to stop the Montgomery County Register of Wills [official websites] from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. D Bruce Hanes of Montgomery County was allegedly acting under the guidance of … [read more]

[JURIST] Italy's highest court, the Court of Cassation [official website, in Italian] began hearing an appeal by Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] of his tax fraud conviction, which, if upheld, would prevent the former prime minister from taking political office for five years. Prosecutors are seeking to reduce … [read more]

[JURIST] The First Department of the New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division [official website] on Tuesday uphled [opinion] the lower court's March ruling [JURIST report] that a municipal agency cannot ban large portions of sugary drinks. Although the court conceded that over-consumption of high sugar content beverages is directly … [read more]

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