Legal news from Tuesday, January 14, 2014

[JURIST] Judge Nan Nash of the New Mexico Second Judicial District Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that patients who are terminally ill and mentally competent have the right to seek aid in dying under the state constitution. The lawsuit was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) … [read more]

[JURIST] Egyptians began voting Tuesday in a two-day referendum on the proposed new constitution, which would replace the one passed under former president Mohammed Morsi. Supporters of the new constitution view the referendum as a grand democratic move and the document itself as vesting them with new rights previously unrecognized. … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday in Mississippi ex rel. Hood v. AU Optronics Corp. [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that the lawsuit in question is not a "mass action" suit under the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) [text] of 2005, reversing the previous holding [opinion, PDF] of … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday in Daimer AG v. Bauman [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that DaimlerChrysler AG (Daimler) [company website] does not have to face suit in California for alleged human rights violations by a subsidiary that took place entirely in Argentina. The US Court of … [read more]

[JURIST] Italy's Constitutional Court released a judgment [text, in Italian] Tuesday detailing their reasoning for striking down the country's current electoral law in a December ruling. The voting law, which has been widely criticized for making election results uncertain, was ruled unconstitutional for its provisions that granted major benefits to … [read more]

[JURIST] Two former Serbian senior secret service officials were arrested Tuesday under suspicion that they planned the 1999 killing [AP report] of anti-government journalist Slavko Curuvija. Police claim that former spy agency head Milan Radonjic and operations chief Ratko Romic were involved in the shooting death of the journalist outside … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples James Anaya [official website] on Monday urged [press release] the government of Kenya to respect the rights of the Sengwer indigenous people, who are facing eviction from their native home in the Embobut Forest in western Kenya. Kenyan authorities … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website] on Monday upheld the conviction and sentencing [opinion, PDF] of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] for his attempted bombing on an American aircraft. Abdulmutallab was sentenced [JURIST report] to life in prison in February 2012 … [read more]

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