Legal news from Thursday, October 17, 2013

[JURIST] The Louisiana Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday struck down [opinion, PDF] a state law that made it a crime for non-US citizens to drive a vehicle without carrying proof of lawful immigration status. The court found that the state law [text] is preempted by federal law under the … [read more]

[JURIST] The Prosecutor's Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina [official website] announced [press release] on Thursday that police have arrested eight men suspected of committing war crimes during the Bosnian Civil War [JURIST news archive]. The eight Serb men were arrested [AP report] in Rogatica, the city in which the suspects … [read more]

[JURIST] Independent UN rights expert Margaret Sekaggya on Thursday called on the government of Togo [press release] to work towards providing an environment that allows human rights defenders to carry out their work. Sekaggya explained that this could be done by enforcing existing laws, avoiding stigma and fostering a spirit … [read more]

[JURIST] The Washington State Liquor Control Board [official site] adopted rules [text] on Wednesday to regulate the recreational sale of marijuana in retail stores. The state will place high taxes on the sales of the drug [Washington Times report] as well as a cap on the total annual production of … [read more]

[JURIST] Egypt's treatment of Syrian refugees is a violation of international law, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] reported [text, PDF] Wednesday. Hundreds of Syrians have fled conflict only to be abused and discriminated against, including arbitrary detainment that for some has resulted in forced deportation right back to Syria, AI … [read more]

[JURIST] The National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] has been heavily involved in the US government's targeted killing program through collaborations with the CIA in the use of drone strikes against terrorists abroad, according to a Washington Post report [text] Wednesday. The report was based on review of documents … [read more]

[JURIST] A group of independent UN rights experts on Wednesday expressed concern [press release] over reports that Chinese human rights activists have been subject to harassment for their attempts to participate in a UN human rights assessment of China. The activists have reportedly been prevented from participating in protests or … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan [JURIST report] on Wednesday decided not to rule on the constitutionality of the state's ban against same-sex marriage. Judge Bernard Friedman stated [AP report] that there are still issues to be resolved and set a trial … [read more]

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