Legal news from Thursday, February 27, 2014

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Wednesday ordered [opinion, PDF] Google [corporate website] to remove from its YouTube video-sharing website an anti-Islamic film that incited massive anti-American protest in the Muslim world in 2012. The court found in favor of appellant Cindy Lee … [read more]

[JURIST] Israeli soldiers have used excessive force in the West Bank [CIA backgrounder] since 2011, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] said in a report [text, PDF] Thursday. AI's investigation was specifically focused on the evidence of the unlawful shootings of 22 Palestinian civilians by Israeli soldiers. The shootings arose from … [read more]

[JURIST] Egypt's Cairo Criminal Court convicted 26 people on Wednesday charged with forming a terrorist group with the intent to attack the Suez Canal [official website]. The group was charged with planning attacks on ships in the Suez Canal as well as security buildings, foreign tourists, Christians and police. Most … [read more]

[JURIST] Beijing's No. 1 Intermediate People's Court on Thursday accepted a lawsuit filed by 37 plaintiffs seeking compensation from two Japanese companies, Mitsubishi Materials and Nippon Coke and Engineering [corporate websites], for forced labor during World War II [LOC backgrounder]. The suit alleges that the plaintiffs and their relatives were … [read more]

[JURIST] A German court on Thursday cleared former president Christian Wulff [official profile; JURIST news archive] of corruption charges that sprang from allegations that he had accepted bribes in exchange for political favors. Judge Frank Rosenow informed the court [Reuters report] of Wulff's acquittal, saying that there was insufficient proof … [read more]

[JURIST] Germany's Karlsruhe court [official website, in German] ruled on Wednesday that the 3% voting threshold for political parties to enter the the European Parliament [official website] is unconstitutional. The German government lowered the voting threshold from 5% to 3% last year, but the top court ruled [BBC report] by … [read more]

[JURIST] The French Court of Cassation [official website, in French] on Thursday blocked [decision, in French] plans to extradite three men to stand trial in Rwanda for alleged crimes committed during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide [UN backgrounder]. The court overturned a November decision [JURIST report] by the Court of Appeal … [read more]

[JURIST] Cambodian officials on Wednesday said that the country has ended its ban on public demonstrations that was imposed last month after police opened fire on protesting textile workers. According to Interior Ministry [official website, in Khmer] spokesman Khieu Sopheak, those wishing to stage protests will still have to seek … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Wednesday in two cases. In Octane Fitness v. Icon Health and Fitness [transcript, PDF], the court is considering whether the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit's [official website] promulgation of a rigid and exclusive two-part … [read more]

[JURIST] The EU Parliament [official website] on Wednesday voted to approve [press release] an anti-tobacco law that requires cigarette makers to increase the size of health warnings on packets from 30 percent to 65 percent of the surface of the package. The law also regulates electronic cigarettes for the first … [read more]

[JURIST] Ukraine interim general prosecutor reported on Wednesday that an international arrest warrant has been requested for ousted president Viktor Yanukovich, implicating him in the "mass murder" of civilians during the recent Kiev protests. Oleg Makhnytsky reported [AFP report] that the former president was "the subject of an international arrest … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website] on Wednesday condemned [news release] attacks in Al Dhale Governorate by Yemeni armed forces, which are disproportionately affecting civilians. Pillay reported that since December, these attacks have killed more than 40 individuals, four of whom were children. Also of … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously on Wednesday in United States v. Apel [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that 18 USC § 1382 [text], which prohibits a person from reentering a military installation after a commanding officer has ordered him not to reenter, may be enforced on a … [read more]

[JURIST] Arizona Governor Jan Brewer [official website] on Wednesday vetoed [veto letter, PDF] controversial Bill 1062 [materials], which would have permitted state business owners to refuse service to individuals for "religious reasons," and which has largely been denounced by critics as sanctioning discrimination against LGBT individuals. The bill was jointly … [read more]

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