Legal news from Friday, March 7, 2014

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] called [HRW report] on the international community Friday to provide assistance to Libya's failing justice system. HRW expressed concern over the mass detention of individuals on what they called an arbitrary basis. The call for assistance asked for trained personnel to help end … [read more]

[JURIST] The Florida Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously Thursday that Tampa Immigrant Jose Godinez-Samperio, in the country illegally, may not be licensed to practice law in the state. Godinez-Samperio is a 26-year-old man who arrived to the US at age 9 and grew up in the Tampa … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Friday found [judgment summary, PDF] Congolese militia leader Germain Katanga [case materials; JURIST news archive] guilty of four counts of war crimes and one count of crime against humanity. The crimes were committed during an attack on a village in a … [read more]

[JURIST] A Russian court in Moscow on Friday fined opposition leader Alexei Navalny [BBC profile] 10,000 rubles (USD $275) for participation in an unsanctioned public gathering. Navanly was charged after chanting anti-police statements [RFE/RL report] outside of the courthouse last week. In February a Moscow court ordered Navalny on house … [read more]

[JURIST] Twenty-seven member states of the United Nations (UN) [official website] released [text] a joint statement expressing concern about the escalating violence in Egypt. The statement stresses the UN's concern for Egypt's restrictions on the freedom to peaceably assembly, expression and association. The declaration states that the lethal force by … [read more]

[JURIST] On Thursday the Alabama House of Representatives approved a bill [HB 379, text] that would require information related to suppliers of drugs used in lethal injections to be kept confidential, citing current difficulties obtaining the drugs. The bill is being pushed by the Alabama Department of Corrections [official website], … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] called on Malawi to put an end to the practice of child and forced marriage in a report [text, PDF] released on Thursday. The report was compiled based on interviews with 80 girls and women in six districts in southern and central Malawi. … [read more]

[JURIST] The Virginia House of Delegates [official website] on Thursday unanimously passed a bill [SB 14] to remove the state code's ban on oral and anal sex, a decade after it was invalidated by a US Supreme Court [official website] decision in Lawrence v. Texas [opinion]. The new legislation limits … [read more]

[JURIST] A Malaysian court on Friday overturned the High Court's acquittal of Anwar Ibrahim [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], sentencing the opposition leader to five years in prison for sodomizing a male aide in 2008. This conviction [BBC report] makes Anwar unable to run for chief minister of Selangor in … [read more]

[JURIST] An Italian appeals court overturned the fraud oversight convictions of several banks on Friday. A lower court ruled that JPMorgan Chase & Co., Deutsche Bank AG, UBS AG and Depfa Bank Plc forced the city of Milan to enter into an interest-rate swap agreement that ended up costing the … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia [official website] Surya Subedi on Thursday announced [press release] support for a five-point electoral reform agreement reached by Cambodia's two main political parties, the Cambodian People's Party and the Cambodian National Rescue Party. The two parties agreed … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] on Thursday refused [order, PDF] to grant Apple's request for an injunction against three Samsung [corporate websites] touchscreen software features, which were found to have infringed on Apple patents. US District Judge Lucy Koh … [read more]

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