Legal news from Monday, November 4, 2013

[JURIST] Doctors and psychologists working in US military detention centers helped to design methods of torture for terrorism suspects, according to an independent report supported by the Institute on Medicine as a Profession and the Open Society Foundations [advocacy websites] released [press release] on Monday. The report, entitled "Ethics Abandoned: … [read more]

[JURIST] Planned Parenthood [advocacy website] and other abortion rights groups on Monday filed [press release] an emergency request [text, PDF] with the US Supreme Court [official website] to reinstate a previous injunction blocking the implementation of a Texas law [HB2] placing new restrictions on abortion. The disputed restriction requires that … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Monday in two cases. In Walden v. Fiore [transcript, PDF; JURIST report] the court heard arguments on two questions of venue and jurisdiction [Cornell LII backgrounders]. Gina Fiore and Keith Gipson were traveling to Nevada. They were … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday dismissed [order list, PDF] a case concerning an attempt by the Oklahoma state government to resurrect a state law that limited the uses of the abortion drug RU-486 [FDA guidelines]. The one-line dismissal of Cline, et al., v. Oklahoma Coalition for … [read more]

[JURIST] Former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] was granted bail on Monday in a criminal case relating to the death of radical cleric Abdul Rashid Ghazi during an operation ordered by Musharraf on Islamabad's Red Mosque, which left more than 100 dead. Musharraf was arrested [JURIST … [read more]

[JURIST] The Irish Convention on the Constitution [official website] voted Sunday in favor [press release, PDF] of recommending that the offense of blasphemy in the Irish Constitution [text, PDF] be altered and replaced with a new general provision to include incitement to religious hatred. The Convention on the Constitution was … [read more]

[JURIST] The trial of Egypt's deposed president Mohamed Morsi [BBC profile] for inciting the murder of several protesters began on Monday but was adjourned until January. According to Egyptian news sources, Morsi rejected [Ahram report] the court's authority by refusing to dress in prison clothing and declaring the trial illegitimate, … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) [JURIST news archive] on Sunday sentenced two men to death for crimes during the Bangladesh Liberation War [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] in 1971. The court found Chowdhury Mueen Uddin and Ashrafuzzaman Khan, both members of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) [party website; GlobalSecurity backgrounder] party, guilty of … [read more]

[JURIST] A Kenyan court on Monday charged four people with aiding terrorism relating to a four-day siege at a Nairobi shopping mall last month. The Somali Islamist group al-Shabab [BBC backgrounder] has claimed responsibility [BBC report] for the attack, in which at least 62 people died and 175 were injured … [read more]

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