Legal news from Tuesday, February 25, 2014

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously Tuesday in Walden v. Fiore [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that when the conduct of the defendant, a Georgia police officer, occurred entirely in Georgia, the mere fact that his conduct affected plaintiffs with connections to Nevada does not authorize jurisdiction over … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 6-3 Tuesday in Fernandez v. California [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that police may search a home without a warrant over the objection of one occupant if that occupant has been removed from the premises. The Court of Appeals of California concluded [opinion] … [read more]

[JURIST] Fortify Rights [advocacy website], an independent human rights group based in Southeast Asia, issued a 79-page report [text, PDF] on Tuesday claiming evidence the Myanmar government ordered policy discrimination against Rohingya Muslims [Al Jazeera backgrounder]. The report is based on 12 leaked official documents going back to 1993, which … [read more]

[JURIST] The Ukrainian parliamentary body Verkhovna Rada [official website] voted on Tuesday to adopt a resolution [text] referring the now-fugitive former president Viktor Yanukovich and other high-ranking state officials to the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website]. The report accused state officials of ordering law enforcement officers … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website] on Monday called for an international investigation [report, DOC] into possible war crimes committed by both sides during the 25-year Sri Lankan civil war that ended in May 2009. Citing an alleged failure of domestic authorities to properly investigate … [read more]

[JURIST] Gay rights and HIV activist Paul Kasonkomona was acquitted Tuesday by the Lusaka Magistrate's Court of charges of encouraging homosexuality. Kasonkomona, a well-known activist for LGBT rights in highly-conservative Zambia, where homosexuality is illegal, was arrested in April 2013 after speaking out on a television program for "soliciting in … [read more]

[JURIST] Italy's highest court, the Court of Cassation [official website, in Italian], on Monday dismissed the convictions of five Italian agents related to the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] abduction and extraordinary rendition of Egyptian cleric and terror suspect Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr [JURIST news archive]. The five … [read more]

[JURIST] The Commonwealth of Virginia on Monday filed a notice of appeal [text, PDF] of a recent ruling overturning the state's constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage, to the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website]. The amendment was struck down [JURIST report] as unconstitutional in the US … [read more]

[JURIST] Russian President Vladimir Putin [official website, in Russian; JURIST news archive] signed a measure into law Monday expanding the reasons for which non-governmental organizations (NGOs) can be subject to unscheduled audits, or "snap inspections." These reasons include [UPI report] allegations of extremism and suspected violations of the law, and … [read more]

[JURIST] Egypt's Prosecutor General Hesham Barakat [Egypt Independent profile] on Monday referred 504 members of the Muslim Brotherhood [party website; JURIST news archive] for a mass trial. The members are accused of a variety of crimes [AP report] stemming from the Day of Rage clashes on August 16, which resulted … [read more]

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