Legal news from Friday, November 1, 2013

[JURIST] The presidents of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] and the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website; JURIST backgrounder] briefed [press release, UN News Centre report] the UN General Assembly [official website] Thursday, providing information on cases decided and currently in deliberation before the courts. ICJ President … [read more]

[JURIST] The Thailand House of Representatives [official website] approved a bill Friday that opponents fear will provide amnesty for crimes committed by self-exiled former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra [Forbes profile; JURIST news archive]. The bill, which was approved 310-0 after opposition walked out in protest, would allow amnesty [AP report] … [read more]

[JURIST] The Czech Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday ruled that former prime minster Petr Necas [official website] is not entitled to immunity from prosecution and could could face corruption charges. Necas resigned in June after the exposure of a widespread corruption scandal [BBC backgrounder], including an affair with his … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Thursday postponed [text, PDF] the trial of Kenyan President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta [official website; JURIST news archive] until February, vacating the previously established November commencement date. The chamber expressed its regret [press release] that repeated trial adjournments have been necessary, urging … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] on Thursday ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday Texas can enforce a law that prohibits doctors from performing abortions [HB 2 text] if the doctor does not have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. The law's constitutionality was challenged by … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Thursday blocked [order, PDF] changes to the New York City Police Department (NYPD) [official website] stop-and-frisk procedures. The ruling specifically denounced the decision of district court Judge Shira Scheindlin, who initially ordered the changes, stating that the … [read more]

[JURIST] A Colorado same-sex couple filed a lawsuit Wednesday in the Adams County District Court [official website] after they were denied a marriage license from the Adams County Clerk's office in Colorado. The couple, Rebecca Brinkman and Margaret Burd, argues [News 7 report] that Colorado's civil union statute [text, PDF] … [read more]

[JURIST] The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals [official website] on Wednesday struck down [opinion, PDF] a law banning sexually explicit Internet communications between an adult and minor. The case arose when John Christopher Lo was charged with the third degree felony of communicating in a sexually explicit manner with a … [read more]

[JURIST] Poland formally requested that the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] hold an upcoming December 3 hearing regarding Poland's complicity in US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) secret detention facilities in private. The ECHR is scheduled [Reuters report] for a public hearing [JURIST report] on whether Poland hosted … [read more]

[JURIST] Two former leaders of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge [BBC backgrounder] regime, "Brother Number Two," Nuon Chea, and former president Khieu Samphan, on trial before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia [official website] requested Thursday that they be acquitted of all charges, as closing arguments in their trial began. … [read more]

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