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Legal news from Thursday, October 24, 2013

[JURIST] UN human rights expert Doudou Diene on Thursday stressed the importance of remembering the victims [press release] of the violent post-election crisis that gripped the West African nation of the Ivory Coast two years ago. The five-month long post-election crisis, which resulted in at least 3,000 civilian deaths, erupted … [read more]

[JURIST] The Minnesota Supreme Court [official website] on Wednesday upheld [opinion, PDF] the state's driving while intoxicated (DWI) implied consent law, ruling it is constitutional under the Fourth Amendment [text; Cornell LII backgrounder]. The law makes it a crime for impaired drivers to refuse to take a breath, blood or … [read more]

[JURIST] The government of Chad should release prisoners without charges or charge them [press release release] with a recognizable criminal offense, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] said in a report [text, PDF] released Thursday. The government is allegedly using charges such as "inciting racial hatred," "defamation" and "endangering national security" … [read more]

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Colombia [official website] ruled in an unreleased decision on Wednesday that a constitutional amendment and pursuant statute [text, PDF] expanding the military justice system is unconstitutional. Magistrate Jorge Ivan Palacio announced [AP report] that the decision was based on "procedural defects" within the law. The … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Special Raporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs) Chaloka Beyani [official profile] urged [press release] the government of Serbia and authorities in Kosovo [official websites] on Tuesday to cooperate and discharge their primary responsibility for applying lasting solutions for IDPs in Serbia and Kosovo. "The … [read more]

[JURIST] A jury in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Wednesday found Bank of America (BOA) [corporate website] liable [press release] for fraudulently making bad loans and for removing quality checks for those loans. Also implicated in the verdict are Countrywide (a … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Thursday upheld the conviction [opinion, PDF] of ex-Guantanamo detainee Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani in the 1998 bombings of two US embassies in Africa. Ghailani had appealed his conviction on the premise that his constitutional rights to a speedy … [read more]

[JURIST] A Wisconsin judge on Wednesday dismissed a challenge to the state's 2011 collective bargaining law [text] brought by the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Association (WLEA) [union website], holding that the state legislature's limitation on the right to collectively bargain did not infringe on the constitutional right to freely associate. Judge … [read more]

[JURIST] About thirty aides to Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary; JURIST backgrounder], including his son Seif al-Islam Gaddafi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], were indicted Thursday by a Libyan court for a list of offenses allegedly committed during the 2011 revolt [JURIST backgrounder] in the country. The charges levied against them … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit [official website] on Wednesday ruled [opinion, PDF] that restriction of public access to Delaware's government-sponsored arbitration hearings is unconstitutional. The Court, in affirming the district court's ruling, held that the provision that allows confidential judge-run arbitration hearings violates the First … [read more]

[JURIST] An Italian court on Wednesday ordered former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to stand trial for allegedly bribing a senator to step down from a rival center-left party, which helped lead to the downfall of Romano Prodi's government in 2008. Judge Amelia Primavera set the … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit [official website] on Wednesday ruled [opinion, PDF] that the FBI [official website] is not required to disclose documents regarding its use of ethnic and racial information. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] filed a Freedom of Information Act … [read more]

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