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Legal news from Wednesday, September 18, 2013

[JURIST] A US magistrate judge on Monday certified [opinion, PDF] the extradition of former Bosnian prison guard Almaz Nezirovic to his native country to face war-crimes charges. Judge Robert Ballou, presiding over the US District Court for the Western District of Virginia [official website], found sufficient evidence [AP report] in … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] expressed concern on Wednesday over recent changes to the Hungarian constitution, highlighting a lack of resolve over issues surrounding weakened human rights protections in the country. After voting to adopt the amendments on Monday, HRW called the changes "largely cosmetic," accusing [press release] … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit [official website] on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] that New Jersey's sports wagering law conflicts with the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) [text] and thus, should not be implemented. PASPA makes sports betting illegal nationwide except in … [read more]

[JURIST] The Mexican American Legislative Caucus (MALC) and the Texas National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) [advocacy websites] on Tuesday filed a complaint [text, PDF] in the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas [official website] challenging Texas' voter ID law [SB 14 text] as … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the Pierce County Superior Court [official website] in Washington state ruled [order, PDF] Tuesday that local enforcement officers cannot extend detention of individuals to question them about their immigration status. Judge Kathryn Nelson reasoned that local law enforcement officers do not have the authority to enforce … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) [official website] said Tuesday that the ongoing Syrian Civil War [JURIST backgrounder] has victimized those with disabilities [press release]. The committee, which is made up of independent human rights experts, noted that Syria is a party to the … [read more]

[JURIST] The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) [official website] released a previously classified opinion [text, PDF] on Tuesday explaining why a National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] program to keep records of Americans' phone calls is constitutional. The opinion, written by US district court judge Claire Eagan [official profile], said … [read more]

[JURIST] The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website], the tribunal covering the Khmer Rouge [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] trials said Wednesday that it has obtained a loan to pay the overdue salaries of its workers. The USD $1.15 million loan from UN donors will cover … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [official website] on Tuesday urged [press release] the head of the Rights and Freedoms Working Group for Yemen's National Dialogue [official website] to incorporate protections for women in the country's new constitution. Yemen's National Dialogue conference was created to bring Yemeni society together to decide … [read more]

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] on Tuesday found [judgment] that voting restrictions for convicted persons in Turkey are too harsh and in violation of the European Convention on Human Rights [text, PDF]. Soyler, a Turkish national who was sentenced to five years for drawing checks … [read more]

[JURIST] Egyptian police on Tuesday arrested Muslim Brotherhood [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] spokesperson Gehad al-Haddad [profile] on suspicion of incitement of violence. Al-Haddad has been the primary spokesperson [Guardian report] for the supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and has become the most recognizable … [read more]

[JURIST] The European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) [official website] on Tuesday acquitted [press release] Fatmir Limaj [JURIST news archive], a close ally of Prime Minister Hashim Thaci [official website], of war crimes charges. Limaj was accused of killing and torturing Serbian prisoners at a Kosovo Liberation … [read more]

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