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Legal news from Wednesday, January 11, 2017

A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on Tuesday declined [order, PDF] to delay the execution of convicted killer Ricky Gray, which is scheduled to take place January 18. Gray's attorneys argued in December that the drugs to be used during the execution were … [read more]

Saudi Arabia has arrested two human rights advocates since the beginning of the year, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [press release] Wednesday. The reason Essam Koshak, 45, and Ahmed al-Musheikhis, 46, were arrested has not been released, and HRW called on Saudi Arabia to disclose the reasons for … [read more]

A California appeals court ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that the pioneer law that requires prosecutors rather than secret grand juries to decide whether to indict police officers who use lethal force is unconstitutional. The Third District Court of Appeal [official website] said the law impedes upon the California Constitution of … [read more]

Perpetrators of war crimes in the Central African Republic (CAR) have not been prosecuted [press release] or investigated for their crimes, according to an Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] report [text, PDF] on Wednesday. According to AI, the country's justice system needs to be reconstructed and a Special Criminal Court, … [read more]

[JURIST] German Federal Minister of the Interior, Thomas de Maiziere [official profile], released a plan Tuesday to overhaul the country's antiterror enforcement following the December lorry attack on a Berlin Christmas market [JURIST report]. Police have been seeking to improve antiterror enforcement since Anis Amri killed 12 people and exposed … [read more]

Tthe North Dakota Senate on Tuesday rejected [Journal of the Senate, PDF] a bill [SB 2043, PDF] to update the definition of marriage and recognize same-sex marital relationships. The bill woud have updated the language in several state laws to change "husband and wife" to "two individuals married to each … [read more]

UN Special Rapporteur Michel Frost will visit Mexico [UN report] for the first time to assess the safety of human rights defenders, according to a statement Wednesday. Frost's visit will take place from January 16 to 24, during which he will visit Mexico City, Chihuahua, Guerrero, Oaxaca and the state … [read more]

A court in Pakistan issued a death warrant for a schizophrenic prisoner, Khizar Hayat, sentenced to death in 2003 for shooting a police officer. The execution date was set just months after Pakistan's Supreme Court blocked the execution [JURIST report] of another prisoner who had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia … [read more]

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Hawaii [advocacy website] has filed a complaint [text, PDF] with the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website], stating that overcrowding in the state correctional facilities is resulting in violations of the prisoners' Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment rights. The complaint, filed Friday, shows … [read more]

A bipartisan group of 10 US Senators on Tuesday introduced legislation [text, PDF] aimed at implementing mandatory sanctions [press release] against Russia for its involvement in cyber hacking during the 2016 presidential election. The US government has alleged that Russia intentionally tried to interfere with the US election in favor … [read more]

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked [order, PDF] a trial court's ruling ordering special elections in North Carolina. The court granted a stay of the order of the US District court for the Middle District of North Carolina, which ruled [order, PDF; JURIST report] that North Carolina must redraw … [read more]

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres delivered his first formal briefing to the Security Council [transcript] on Tuesday. In the briefing [UN News Centre report], Guterres "underlined the need for new, strengthened efforts to build and sustain peace." Guterres stressed that a new approach is needed to start preventing crises instead of … [read more]

Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's brother, Ban Ki Sang, and nephew, Joo Hyun Bahn, were indicted [press release] Tuesday by the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York [official website] on bribery charges in an elaborate international case. The defendants in the case, who include American Malcolm Harris, … [read more]

US President-elect Donald Trump [official website] on Tuesday called for [NYT report] congress to quickly repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) [materials] and replace it with a suitable alternative. In a call with the New York Times on Tuesday, Trump stated that the ACA needs to be replaced as soon … [read more]

German automaker Volkswagen (VW) [corporate website] confirmed] Tuesday that it had reached a $4.3 billion dollar settlement in the US in which it will plead guilty to criminal charges that it violated the Clean Air Act [official website] and obstructed justice. The $4.3 billion figure [Reuters report is just part … [read more]

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Utah [official site] on Tuesday refused [opinion, PDF] to dismiss a complaint against the National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] over allegations of warrantless surveillance during the 2002 winter Olympic games. The case [materials] includes individuals who allege their … [read more]

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