Legal news from Friday, August 9, 2013

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Thursday urged [press release] the Philippine government to act to bring the killers of three local journalists to justice and stop further violence. On July 30 unknown assailants shot and killed Richard Kho, 47, and Bonifacio Loreto Jr., 59, both columnists for … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Friday criticized Vietnam for resuming the death penalty [press release]. In July 2011 the country decided to stop using firing squads in favor of lethal injections, but was unable to procure the necessary drugs largely due to … [read more]

[JURIST] JPMorgan Chase & Co. [corporate website] disclosed in its quarterly filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission [official website] on Wednesday that it is being investigated by both the civil and criminal divisions of the US Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of California (EDC) [official website] over sales … [read more]

[JURIST] The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice (OCRJ) [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [case information] in the Oklahoma County District Court on Thursday to block enforcement of HB 2226 [text, PDF], a state law limiting the availability of "morning-after" emergency contraceptives. Specifically, the law forbids pharmacists from dispensing emergency contraceptives … [read more]

[JURIST] The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Thursday asked a judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin [official website] to stay a challenge to the state's new abortion law [text], pending an appeal to the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh … [read more]

[JURIST] US Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, Jr [official website], filed an amicus curiae brief [text, PDF] on Thursday urging the US Supreme Court [official website] to allow prayer at town meetings. The Obama administration is supporting the petitioner in the upcoming case of Town of Greece v. Galloway [SCOTUSblog backgrounder]. … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Venezuela [official website, in Spanish] on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit by presidential candidate Henrique Capriles [BBC profile] challenging the results of the March election. Capriles lost narrowly to Nicolas Maduro [BBC profile] in Venezuela's presidential election, which took place following the death of Hugo Chavez … [read more]

[JURIST] Thailand's lower house of parliament preliminarily approved a bill on Thursday to grant amnesty to those charged with political offenses during the country's 2006 military coup. The measure was approved [WP report] by a vote of 300-124 despite protests [Reuters report] by members of the opposition party who fear … [read more]

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