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Legal news from Wednesday, October 9, 2013

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] in two cases Wednesday. In United States v. Woods [transcript, PDF; JURIST report] the court heard arguments on whether 26 USC § 6662 of the Internal Revenue Code [texts], which prescribes a penalty for an underpayment of … [read more]

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio (ACLU) [advocacy website] filed suit on Wednesday challenging the inclusion of three abortion-related amendments in the state budget [HB 59] passed in June. Filed on behalf of a Cleveland-based women's health clinic, the ACLU claims that the amendments violate a state constitution … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus, Miklos Haraszti, urged the Belarusian government on Wednesday to immediately cease executions of its citizens until legislation related to capital punishment and the court system can be reformed. According to Haraszti [press release], executions are administered via … [read more]

[JURIST] The Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) [advocacy website] on Wednesday filed a complaint [press release] against the UN [official website] for compensation of Haiti's cholera victims and their families. The complaint was filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official … [read more]

[JURIST] US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel [official website] named [press release] Paul Lewis as Special Envoy to oversee the eventual closing of Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] on Tuesday. Lewis will join his US State Department [official website] counterpart, Clifford Sloan, in working toward closing the detention center. His main duties … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Crimes Tribunal of Bangladesh (ICTB) [JURIST news archive] on Wednesday found Abdul Alim, leader of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) [party website] in the nation's war for independence in 1971 [Banglapedia backgrounder], guilty of crimes against humanity and sentenced him to life imprisonment. The tribunal, which … [read more]

[JURIST] A Egyptian court on Wednesday set the trial date for the ousted president Mohamed Morsi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] for November 4. Along with Morsi, 14 other leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], including Essam el-Erian and Mohammed el-Beltagy, will be tried [AP report] … [read more]

[JURIST] A Turkish appeals court on Wednesday upheld the convictions of several former military officers for plotting to overthrow the regime of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan [official website, in Turkish; JURIST news archive] in 2003. The court upheld 20-year prison sentences [Reuters report] for former commanders Cetin Dogan and … [read more]

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama's administration on Tuesday upheld a decision [text, PDF; JURIST report] by the US International Trade Commission (ITC) [official website] to ban some Samsung products on the grounds that the products infringed on designs patented by Apple [corporate websites]. US Trade Representative Michael Froman [official website] … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Tuesday affirmed [opinion, PDF] a preliminary injunction against a portion of Arizona's controversial immigration law [SB 1070, PDF]. The provision in question makes it illegal to transport, shield or harbor an undocumented immigrant within Arizona borders, creating … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that the Detainee Treatment Act [text] prevents the court from having jurisdiction over a former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] detainee's lawsuit for damages. Adel Hassan Hamad [JURIST news archive], a Sudanese national, was captured … [read more]

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