Legal news from Tuesday, October 8, 2013

[JURIST] California Governor Jerry Brown [official website] vetoed [text] a bill [AB 1401] on Monday that would have permitted lawful permanent immigrants to serve on juries. The bill's supporters compared [Reuters report] disqualifying permanent residents to outdated laws that preventing women and minorities from serving on juries, while the opposition … [read more]

[JURIST] EU lawmakers on Tuesday approved sweeping new regulations [text] to curb smoking, including limits on electronic cigarettes, bigger warnings on cigarette packs and a ban on menthol, or any flavored cigarettes which could be considered "gimmicks." An EU press release [text] outlined the changes, which include graphic warnings that … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Tuesday in a campaign finance case. In McCutcheon v. FEC [transcript, PDF; JURIST report] the court heard arguments on the constitutionality of the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) [text] limit on individual campaign contributions. The court previously … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] reported its busiest year on record [text, PDF] to the UN General Assembly [official website] on Tuesday. In the report, the ICC called for greater support [press release] from the UN Security Council[official website]. The ICC report talked about the futility of … [read more]

[JURIST] Turkey lifted its ban on women wearing traditional Islamic headscarves in public institutions on Tuesday. The official lifting of the ban occurred just eight days after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan [official website, in Turkish; JURIST news archive] announced the change, which is part of a package of … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on torture Juan Mendez [official profile] on Monday urged [press release] the US to immediately end the solitary confinement imposed in 1972 on a former Black Panther. Albert Woodfox [AI backgrounder] was serving a prison sentence for armed robbery in 1972, when he and another inmate … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants [official website] Francois Crepeau urged [press release] the EU on Monday to adopt a new approach to migration that focuses on the rights of migrants. The discussion was centered around last week's sinking of the Lampedusa [BBC report] off … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of the Maldives [official website] on Monday annulled results from the first round of presidential elections and called for a new election before October 20. A probe of the September 7 voters list found irregularities [Haveeru report] in 5,623 of the votes, including minors, people voting … [read more]

[JURIST] A group of 130 African organizations on Monday published a letter [text] urging [press release] African members of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website; JURIST backgrounder] to declare their support for the court at the upcoming African Union (AU) [official website] summit. Amid accusations that the ICC has … [read more]

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