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Legal News
11 Nov 2015
by Taylor Isaac

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] on Tuesday rejected claims [press release, PDF] from French comedian Dieudonné M'bala M'bala that his rights to speak freely were denied when he was convicted of and fined for hate crimes due to a 2008 performance that ended with comments and … [read more]

Legal News
22 Dec 2014
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] An Argentine court unanimously ruled that an orangutan is a "non-human person" with a legal right to freedom. Last November, Argentina's Association of Professional Lawyers for Animal Rights (AFADA) [advocacy website, in Spanish] filed a habeas corpus writ on behalf of Sandra, an orangutan held in a Buenos Aires … [read more]

Legal News
8 Dec 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] agreed last Friday to add three cases [order list, PDF] to the docket for the upcoming term. The first case, Walker v. Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Inc. [cert. petition, PDF] involves state-issued specialty license plates and whether the First Amendment's free … [read more]

Professional Commentary
30 May 2014
by Ayesha Khan of Americans United for Separation of Church and State
edited by Jason Kellam

JURIST Guest Columnist Ayesha Khan of Americans United for Separation of Church and State discusses the contraceptive coverage requirement of the Affordable Care Act and the current cases challenging the requirement ... On April 24, JURIST ran a column by Joseph LaRue of the Alliance Defending Freedom, which represents a … [read more]

Legal News
7 May 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The Indian Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday banned a version of bull fighting in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. Jallikattu is an annual festival in which thousands of men chase the bulls to grab prizes tied to their horns. The court found that the use of bulls … [read more]

Professional Commentary
24 Apr 2014
by Joseph La Rue of Alliance Defending Freedom
edited by Stephanie Kogut

JURIST Guest Columnist Joseph La Rue of Alliance Defending Freedom discusses the significance of the Supreme Court's future ruling in the birth control mandate contained with the Affordable Care Act Imagine that you are a member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and opposed to the slaughtering of … [read more]

Legal News
11 Apr 2014
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] A German court in Nuremberg on Friday rejected the appeal of bishop Richard Williamson, who was convicted of denying the Holocaust during a TV interview, finding him €1,800. The conviction [JURIST report] stemmed from an interview to Swedish TV channel SVT1, broadcast in January 2009, in which Williamson said … [read more]

Legal News
11 Jan 2014
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] A French administrative appeals court ruled [text, PDF, in French] on Thursday, upholding a ban on performance by French comedian Dieudonne M'Bala M'Bala that was deemed anti-semitic. Dieudonne was appealing the prohibition order issued by courts in Nantes and eight other cities. The court refused to lift the prohibition … [read more]

Legal News
1 Oct 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday added eight new cases [order list, PDF] to its docket for the upcoming term. In Harris v. Quinn [docket; cert. petition, PDF] the court will determine whether a state can "compel personal care providers to accept and financially support a private … [read more]

Legal News
22 Apr 2013
by Lauren Laing

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] in Strasbourg held Monday in a 9-8 vote [judgment; press release, PDF] that a ban on an advertisement by an animal rights group did not violate freedom of expression under Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights [text, … [read more]

Legal News
29 Nov 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] Poland's Constitutional Tribunal [official website] ruled Wednesday that the ritual slaughter of animals violates the Polish Constitution. The court's ruling will bar strictly-followed slaughtering practices by Muslim and Jewish citizens where the animal is not stunned first. The decision conflicts with a 2009 EU law [text, PDF], scheduled to … [read more]

Legal News
20 Nov 2012
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] A Croatian court sentenced former prime minister Ivo Sanader [JURIST news archive] to 10 years in prison on Tuesday for corruption and war profiteering. Judge Ivan Turudic found Sanader guilty [AFP report] beyond a reasonable doubt and also ordered the former PM to pay a fine of €611,000 to … [read more]

Legal News
8 Nov 2012
by John Paul Regan

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] on Thursday upheld [judgment; press release, PDF] a German injunction preventing the activist group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) [advocacy website] from using Holocaust [USHMM backgrounder] images in an animal rights poster campaign. The campaign featured pictures … [read more]

Legal News
2 Sep 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] Croatian prosecutors announced Saturday that they have charged former prime minister Ivo Sanader [JURIST news archive] with embezzlement relating to a real estate deal that took place during his time in office. Sanader is accused of using government funds to purchase a building in the capital city of Zagreb … [read more]

Professional Commentary
23 Jan 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Will Potter, an independent journalist who specializes in the topic of eco-terrorism, says the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act classification of activists as terrorists threatens to end activism, in part to stem corporate profit loss...A recent undercover investigation into one of the nation's largest egg producers, Sparboe Farms, … [read more]

Legal News
2 Nov 2010
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] Palestinian detainees have been subjected to "cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment," and at times torture by Israel's Shin Bet Security Agency in violation of international and domestic law, according to a report [text, PDF, press release] released Tuesday by human rights groups B'Tselem and HaMoked [advocacy websites]. The details … [read more]

Legal News
20 Sep 2010
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) [official website] released a report [text, PDF] Monday absolving the FBI [official website] of charges that agents conducted investigations of domestic groups based on their exercise of First Amendment [text] rights. The report criticizes the FBI [Washington … [read more]

Professional Commentary
21 Apr 2010

Jeffrey S. Kerr [General Counsel and Vice President of Corporate Affairs, The PETA Foundation]: "Crush fetish videos, which this law was enacted in 1999 to prohibit, are made for a niche market of individuals who derive sexual satisfaction from watching animals being tortured and slowly killed. The intent of the … [read more]

Legal News
12 Jun 2009
by Christian Ehret

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] filed a brief [text, PDF] Friday to petition the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] to rehear a state secrets privilege [JURIST news archive] case en banc. A three-judge panel for the Ninth Circuit previously ruled [opinion, … [read more]

Professional Commentary
3 Feb 2008

Max Jeganathan [spokesperson, Civil Liberties Australia]: "Civil Liberties Australia unequivocally and unconditionally rejects Mr Keelty's call for media restrictions on coverage relating to all and any operations by the Australian Federal Police Force. Clearly, the arms of law enforcement and the judicial process need to operate freely and impartially without … [read more]

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