Legal news from Wednesday, April 23, 2014

[JURIST] Georgia Governor Nathan Deal [official website] on Wednesday signed into law [press release] a bill [HB 60] that allows licensed gun owners to carry firearms into many public places, including bars, schools, and certain government buildings. The "Safe Carry Protection Act," dubbed the "guns everywhere bill" by critics, allows … [read more]

[JURIST] The Senate of Brazil [official website, in Portuguese] on Tuesday passed a bill [press release, in Portuguese] that puts limits on the metadata that can be collected from Internet users in the country. The law [materials, in Portuguese] also eliminates Internet service providers' liability for content published by their … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] in two cases Wednesday. In United States v. Clarke [transcript, PDF; JURIST report] the court heard arguments on whether an unsupported allegation that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) [official website] issued a summons for an improper purpose … [read more]

[JURIST] The Council of Europe [official website] released [press release, PDF] Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muiznieks's observations on the human rights situation in Azerbaijan on Wednesday revealing human rights issues including: freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and association and the right to property. The observations follow his report … [read more]

[JURIST] Bangladesh's High Court ruled Wednesday that former prime minister Khaleda Zia [Forbes profile; JURIST news archive] must stand trial on corruption charges. Zia and three other members of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) have been accused of embezzling funds [JURIST report] from a charitable trust named after Zia's … [read more]

[JURIST] Migrant workers in Qatar face human rights abuse including forced labor, excessively long working hours, verbal harassment, and physical and sexual violence, according to an Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] report [report, PDF] released Wednesday. The report, entitled "Qatar: 'My sleep is my break': Exploitation of migrant domestic workers … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 Wednesday in Paroline v. United States [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that a victim of child pornography may be entitled to restitution under 18 USC § 2259 [text] but only to the extent the defendant's offense proximately caused the victim's losses. Doyle … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday in White v. Woodall [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that because the Supreme Court of Kentucky's [official website] rejection of Robert Keith Woodall's Fifth Amendment [text] claim was not objectively unreasonable, the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website] … [read more]

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