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Legal News
27 Feb 2014
by Amy Mathieu

[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]


Legal News
6 May 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] Trial began in Germany Monday for Beate Zschaepe, a neo-Nazi member of the National Socialist Underground (NSU), for alleged complicity in the murder of eight Turks, a Greek and a German policewoman in Germany between 2000 and 2007, as well as two bombings and 15 bank robberies. Her two … [read more]


Academic Commentary
8 Apr 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Karl M. Manheim of Loyola Law School in Los Angeles says Twitter should comply with French law, but only within that jurisdiction....A French court recently ordered Twitter to hand over the account information of users who had posted anti-Semitic and racist tweets. The court order came in … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jan 2013
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] An Austrian court convicted three neo-Nazis on Thursday of glorifying Nazism over the Internet, sentencing them to as many as nine years in prison. Neo-Nazi leader Gottfried Kuessel was sentenced [AP report] to nine years in prison for creating the Alpen-Donau website, which promotes Nazism. Kuessel spent time in … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jul 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] Chile enacted an anti-discrimination law Thursday following the March beating death of a young gay man in a Santiago park. The hate crime bill [materials, in Spanish], which had been tied up in Congress for seven years after being originally introduced by ex-president Ricardo Lagos, was signed into law … [read more]


Legal News
5 Apr 2012
by Saheli Chakrabarty

[JURIST] The Chilean House of Deputies [official website, in Spanish] passed an anti-discrimination law [press release, in Spanish] on Wednesday in response to the killing of a 24-year-old gay man, Daniel Zamudio, by a group of alleged neo-Nazis in Santiago, Chile. The lawmakers passed the law by a vote of … [read more]


Legal News
31 Mar 2012
by Jamie Davis

[JURIST] The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Friday urged the Chilean government to pass a new law [statement] aimed to protect its citizens from discrimination based on their sexual and gender identities. Spokesperson for the OHCHR, Rupert Colville, released the statement in response … [read more]


Legal News
14 Aug 2011
by Alexandra Malatesta

[JURIST] Brazilian Judge Patricia Acioli, known for taking a hard-line against corrupt officials and militia death squads, was shot and killed on Thursday outside of her home by two masked men on motorbikes. Investigators revealed that at least twelve people are suspected [O Globo report, in Portuguese] of being involved … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jun 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Spain [official website, in Spanish] on Friday overturned the convictions of four individuals charged with distributing neo-Nazi [JURIST news archive] propaganda. The four men were convicted [DPA report] and sentenced to up to three and a half years in prison by a court in Barcelona … [read more]


Legal News
24 Feb 2011
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] The number of hate groups in the US rose to more than 1,000 [press release] during 2010, according to a report [text] released Wednesday by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) [advocacy website]. The SPLC reports this is the first time that these types of groups have exceeded 1,000 … [read more]


Legal News
18 Feb 2011
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Thursday urged Russian officials to reform institutions to protect the rule of law [news release] in Russia. Pillay claimed that the Russian people do not trust government institutions, in part because of the ongoing harassment of journalists and … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jul 2010
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] A Russian court on Tuesday sentenced 14 neo-Nazis [JURIST news archive], including a group leader and several teenagers, to jail terms for committing hate crimes against ethnic minorities in the country. The group leader, 22-year-old Dmitry Orlov, was sentenced to life imprisonment [AP report] for planning hate crimes as … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jul 2010
by Hillary Stemple

[JURIST] A German appeals court announced Wednesday that the government's Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (OPC) [official website, in German] will be permitted to continue surveillance of members of the country's Left [Spiegel backgrounder] political party. The decision overturned a lower court ruling [The Local report], which … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jun 2010
by Hillary Stemple

[JURIST] A civil judge and court clerk were shot and killed in a central Brussels courtroom on Thursday by a man attending the morning's hearings. Police were searching for the shooter who fled the courtroom, but may have been injured [Irish Times report] while escaping. Private gun ownership is legal … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jun 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] Three judges were killed and three people were injured Tuesday in a Chinese courthouse by a security officer at a local bank. The shooter, Zhu Jun, was the head of security at a local Postal Savings Bank in Hunan province and is alleged to have been upset over the … [read more]


Legal News
28 Apr 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The Moscow City Court ruled Tuesday that the Slavic Union (SS) violates Russia's extremism laws, banning the organization. The SS, whose initials are the same as the Nazi paramilitary, was one of Russia's largest neo-Nazi [JURIST news archive] organizations. City prosecutors initiated the action [Moscow Times report], accusing the … [read more]


Legal News
28 Apr 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The Moscow City Court ruled Tuesday that the Slavic Union (SS) violates Russia's extremism laws, banning the organization. The SS, whose initials are the same as the Nazi paramilitary, was one of Russia's largest neo-Nazi [JURIST news archive] organizations. City prosecutors initiated the action [Moscow Times report], accusing the … [read more]


Legal News
12 Apr 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] A Moscow City Court [official website] judge known for presiding over cases involving neo-Nazi groups was killed Monday morning while leaving his apartment. The murder [BBC report] of Judge Eduard Chuvashov is suspected to be a contract killing [Al Jazeera report] in light of the death threats he faced … [read more]


Legal News
20 Mar 2010
by Gabriela Forbes

[JURIST] The criminal court of Evry on Thursday convicted 14 members of neo-Nazi [JURIST news archive] group Nomad 88. The defendants faced charges [JURIST report] for their participation in a combat group, the illegal detention of weapons and explosives, and their responsibility in a shoot-out in 2008. The two leaders … [read more]


Legal News
16 Mar 2010
by Gabriela Forbes

[JURIST] The trial of 14 members of a neo-Nazi [JURIST news archive] group, Nomad 88, opened Monday before the criminal court of Evry, in the Parisian suburbs. Founded in 2008 to "purge" the suburbs, the group gained public attention in May 2008 when three members went on a shooting spree … [read more]

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