Legal news from Monday, February 3, 2014

[JURIST] Detroit [official website] on Friday filed a lawsuit in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan [official website] seeking to invalidate the $1.44 billion of debt the city sold to finance by establishing "sham" service corporations to facilitate the debt sales, and claiming and that all … [read more]

[JURIST] Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour [BBC profile] on Sunday ordered the creation of a higher court that would be able to hear appeals of military court verdicts. Under the new Egyptian constitution, civilians may be tried in military courts [AFP report] for cases involving direct attacks on military personnel … [read more]

[JURIST] Egypt's Prosecutor General Hesham Barakat [Egypt Independent profile] on Monday referred Muslim Brotherhood [party website; JURIST news archive] leader Mohammed Badie [BBC news archive] along with 50 others to the criminal court. Badie and the other Muslim Brotherhood members are accused of inciting their supporters to resist security forces … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] on Friday asked [memorandum, PDF] the federal courts to dismiss a case brought by the Miami Herald [media website] demanding to know how much money the government spent to build a prison facility at Guantanamo. The news service requested this figure … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Monday urged [press release] the Cambodian government to take steps to stop the threats and intimidation of garment factory workers who are seeking to assert their labor rights through the formation of unions. Currently, Cambodia's garment industry represents USD $5 billion per … [read more]

[JURIST] The Wisconsin branch of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [official website] on Monday filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] in the US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin [official website] challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Article XIII, Section 13 of the Wisconsin Constitution [text] defines … [read more]

[JURIST] Leaders of Ukraine's anti-government protests on Monday pressed Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich [official website; JURIST news archive] for further concessions, including a return to an earlier constitution that would limit presidential powers and a revival of the EU fair trade agreement (FTA) [existing EU FTAs]. Arseny Yatsenyuk [Open Ukraine … [read more]

[JURIST] The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) [official website] on Monday launched an official government inquiry [press release; official inquiry] into the ways in which immigration detention affects the health, well-being and development of child detainees. According to AHRC, more than 1,000 undocumented immigrant children are currently detained behind "wire … [read more]

[JURIST] Corruption costs [press release] EU member states approximately €120 billion each year, according to the European Commission (EC) [official website] EU Anti-Corruption Report [text, PDF] released Monday. The first-ever EC report on the subject details the nature of corruption in each member state as well as the impact corruption … [read more]

[JURIST] The burgeoning Ugandan mining industry must respect the rights of indigenous people affected by mineral exploration, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] urged [report] Monday. The report argues that three large mining companies in particular have infringed upon the rights of the indigenous people of Karamoja by engaging in … [read more]

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