Legal news from Wednesday, August 21, 2013

[JURIST] A court in Cairo ordered the release of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak [Al Jazeera profile; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday, in a long-pending corruption case. Mubarak, now 85, still faces charges of complicity [BBC report] for the killing of protesters during the 2011 uprising that forced him from … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch [advocacy website] (HRW) on Tuesday called on Hamas [JURIST news archive] authorities in the Gaza Strip to halt all executions, especially those of child offenders. HRW is especially concerned [HRW report] with the specific case of Hani Abu Aliyan, an adult prisoner sentenced to death … [read more]

[JURIST] US Military Judge Denise Lind on Wednesday sentenced Army Pfc. Bradley Manning [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] to 35 years in prison for his disclosure of classified information to the anti-secrecy organization Wikileaks [website]. Manning was found guilty [JURIST report] last month of violating the Espionage Act [18 USC … [read more]

[JURIST] The New Zealand parliament [official website] on Wednesday approveda bill [text] expanding the power of the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB). Approved in a 61-59 vote, the legislation gives the GCSB increased power to support other state departments including the New Zealand police, Defense Force and the Security Intelligence … [read more]

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California (ACLU) [advocacy website] said Wednesday that they have uncovered a discriminatory national security program used by the US government to screen immigrants [ACLU materials]. In a lawsuit against the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) [official website] alleging discriminatory practices in … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] granted permission on Tuesday for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) [official website] to force-feed select inmates who are near death, even if the inmates had previously signed orders asking not to … [read more]

[JURIST] A member of the controversial feminist rock collective Pussy Riot [RASPI backgrounder; JURIST news archive] filed a lawsuit Tuesday against her former defense lawyer. Group member Yekaterina Samutsevic accused [Izvestia Times report, in Russian] her former lawyer Violetta Volkova of making and posting defamatory statements about her in the … [read more]

[JURIST] The constitutional court of Zimbabwe ruled Tuesday that July's presidential elections [JURIST news archive] were fair, effectively allowing President Robert Mugabe [BBC profile] to continue his 33-year rule. This ruling is controversial because the complaint by presidential hopeful Morgan Tsvangirai [BBC profile] of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) … [read more]

[JURIST] The North Carolina Court of Appeals [official website] on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] that a North Carolina law [text] prohibiting registered sex offenders from commercial social networking websites accessible by children, such as Facebook and Myspace, is unconstitutional. In a unanimous opinion, the court found [AP report] that the … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Labor Organization (ILO) [official website] Maritime Labor Convention [text] came into effect [press release] Tuesday. The international standards, originally adopted by the ILO in 2006, required ratification by a minimum of 30 ILO member states to come into force as international law, with the additional requirement that … [read more]

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