Legal news from Wednesday, February 12, 2014

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that a 2011 North Carolina law that permits residents to display a license plate reading "Choose Life" is unconstitutional. North Carolina appealed to the Fourth Circuit after a federal district court judge struck down … [read more]

[JURIST] Residents of Fremont, Nebraska [official website], voted on Tuesday to reaffirm Ordinance 5165 [text, PDF], which prohibits harboring, hiring or renting to undocumented immigrants. The law was initially approved in 2010 [JURIST report], but its implementation was delayed during a federal lawsuit over the law's constitutionality. Last year a … [read more]

[JURIST] Thailand's Constitutional Court [official website] on Wednesday rejected petitions filed by both the ruling and opposition parties accusing each other of attempting to overthrow the country's government during recent elections. The court cited insufficient grounds [BBC report] for either claim brought by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's ruling Pheu Thai … [read more]

[JURIST] Spain's Parliament [official website] on Tuesday approved a bill [press release, in Spanish] that will diminish the powers of Spanish courts to pursue cases of genocide and other crimes against humanity committed abroad. The bill [text, PDF, in Spanish] includes a clause to halt current investigations, including the arrest … [read more]

[JURIST] Washington Governor Jay Inslee [official website] on Tuesday announced a moratorium on executions [remarks, PDF; press release] in the state. Under Washington law [RCW 10.01.120 text] the governor has the power to commute death sentences. In his remarks Inslee criticized the death penalty, stating the "system that falls short … [read more]

[JURIST] A Pakistani judge on Wednesday ordered the nation's Interior Ministry to hand over anti-drone activist Kareem Khan for a court appearance slated for late-February. Khan reportedly brought legal action [BBC report] against the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] and the Pakistani government after a 2009 drone attack … [read more]

[JURIST] The Virginia state Senate [official website] on Tuesday voted to repeal [SB 617] a 2012 law [text] requiring women seeking an abortion to undergo an ultrasound. The measure passed after Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam [official website] cast his vote [AP report] in favor of repeal, breaking a 20-20 tie. … [read more]

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Wednesday urged the international community [report, PDF; press release] to take immediate and effective action to halt the spread of sectarian violence and "ethnic cleansing" within the western part of the Central African Republic (CAR). AI reports that anti-Muslim militias have engaged in … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Tuesday struck down [opinion, PDF] licensing regulations imposed by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) [official website] on tax preparers, holding that nothing within the text of the law or legislative history contemplates such a vast … [read more]

[JURIST] A Cambodian appeals court on Tuesday refused the release of 21 people arrested last month in connection with anti-government protests, a series of demonstrations comprised mostly of garment workers and rights activists. According to defense lawyer [AP report] Sam Sokong, the court reasoned that the release of these detainees … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Tuesday denied [opinion, PDF] a request for a preliminary injunction to stop the force-feeding of Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] detainees on a hunger strike. Shaker Aamer [NYT backgrounder; JURIST news archive] and three other detainees … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Tuesday released a report [text] outlining the prevalent trafficking and torture of Eritrean refugees for ransom by Sudanese and Egyptian individuals that has been occurring since 2010. Victims stated in the report that traffickers kidnapped and tortured them in order to extort … [read more]

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