Legal news from Sunday, September 15, 2013

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania ruled Friday that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] acted within its authority to work with six states and Washington, DC, in promulgating the Final Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load for Nitrogen, Phosphorus and … [read more]

[JURIST] Bahrain security forces are detaining children without cause and "subject[ing] them to ill-treatment that may rise to the level of torture," according to a report released Sunday by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website]. Bahrain is specifically accused [press release] of violating the Convention on the Rights of the … [read more]

[JURIST] The Illinois Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday invalidated [opinion, PDF] provisions of the state's "aggravated weapon use" law as facially violative of the Second Amendment [Cornell LII backgrounder] right to keep and bear arms. In 2008 Chicago police arrested a man for allegedly brandishing a firearm during an … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] on Saturday praised the Syrian government's formal agreement to sign and abide by the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) [text, PDF; OPCD backgrounder]. CWC signatories must agree to "chemically disarm" by destroying chemical weapon stockpiles and creating enforcement mechanisms to ensure that chemical weapons … [read more]

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