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Legal News
15 Jul 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official profile], speaking at the NAACP Annual Convention [official website] on Tuesday, urged Congress to reform [press release] the criminal justice system by enacting legislation that would enforce criminal laws fairly and reduce disparities. Obama is also calling for sentencing reform, changes to the juvenile … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jun 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein and a spokesperson for the EU [press releases] on Thursday demanded that the government of Pakistan reinstate its death penalty moratorium. The EU also called on the Pakistani government to uphold their obligations under international law, which condemns the … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jun 2015
by Sarah Boehme

The UN torture prevention body on Wednesday urged the Philippines to tackle urgent prison overcrowding [press release] issues and improve independent monitoring of detention facilities. During a visit by the six-member delegation, the Sub-Committee on the Prevention of Torture (SPT) [official website] presented its confidential preliminary observations to the Filipino … [read more]


Legal News
8 May 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] UN human rights experts on Friday condemned [press release] the growing number of executions in Iran in recent years. According to the Special Rapporteurs on the situation of human rights in Iran and on extrajudicial executions, Iran has executed about 350 people in 2015 and executed approximately six people … [read more]


Legal News
29 Apr 2015
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] The Giza Criminal Court on Wednesday sentenced 69 Muslim Brotherhood [JURIST news archive] supporter to 25 years in prison for attacking and burning a church in a village near Cairo in 2013 during protests against former president Mohamed Morsi [JURIST news archive]. In addition, Judge Mohamed Nagi Shehata also … [read more]


Legal News
16 Apr 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Paksitan [official website] suspended all death sentences on Thursday rendered by the country's new military tribunal after the Supreme Court Bar Association [official website] challenged the constitutional amendment that created the tribunals. This move directly affects six prisoners who faced imminent executions [JURIST report]. The … [read more]


Legal News
7 Apr 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that some requirements of the 1994 Michigan Sex Offenders Registration Act [text] are so vague that they are unconstitutional. One of these is the requirement that convicted sex offenders stay … [read more]


Legal News
2 Apr 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The new military courts established in Pakistan sentenced six Islamic militants to death on Thursday and a seventh to life in prison for their involvement in terrorism. A military spokesman said [Reuters report] the seven men were convicted of "heinous offenses" including terrorism, murder, suicide bombing, kidnapping for ransom … [read more]


Legal News
23 Mar 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in two cases on Monday. In Montgomery v Louisiana [docket], the court was asked [cert. petition, PDF] to determine whether, in light of Miller v. Alabama [docket; JURIST report], collateral review is due retroactively to those sentenced to … [read more]


Legal News
22 Mar 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Pakistani authorities have postponed the execution of an inmate convicted as a minor, a decision welcomed [press release] Friday by a group of independent UN human rights experts. Authorities are conducting an investigation into the age of Shafqat Hussain, who may have been as young as 14 when he … [read more]


Legal News
20 Mar 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Florida [official website] on Thursday ordered re-sentencing hearings [opinion, PDF] for four individuals who were convicted of felonies as juveniles. The court ruled that new sentences must comply with two US Supreme Court [official website] decisions. One of which says juveniles cannot be sentenced to … [read more]


Legal News
17 Mar 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Pakistani authorities hanged 12 men on Tuesday, the largest number of people executed in a single day following the preliminary removal of the country's moratorium on executions in December. A spokesperson for the Interior Ministry stated [BBC report] the men were terrorists, murderers or guilty of heinous crimes. An … [read more]


Legal News
12 Mar 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A UN human rights expert on Thursday called on Iran [report, DOC] to revoke laws restricting freedom of press, free detained journalists, and stop blocking websites. Ahmed Shaheed [official website], the UN Special Rapporteur on Iran, said that President Hassan Rouhani [Guardian news archive] has not kept the promise … [read more]


Legal News
3 Mar 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The California Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously Monday that restrictions on where sex offenders may live violates the parolees' constitutional rights. This decision addresses Jessica's Law [Proposition 83, materials], the voter initiative passed in 2006 that banned sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of where … [read more]


Legal News
22 Feb 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Iran reportedly executed [IBT report] Saman Naseem, a juvenile offender who was 17 years-old when sentenced to death, despite international pressure to halt the execution. According to Iran Human Rights (IHR) [official website], it is unclear if the execution occurred on Thursday or Friday, but Naseem's family was asked … [read more]


Legal News
19 Feb 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] on Thursday called for [text] a worldwide end to all forms of human exploitation. The message, released as part of the UN's World Day of Social Justice [UN report] set for February 20, 2015, calls for a worldwide effort to "not leave behind … [read more]


Legal News
18 Feb 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Two UN human rights experts on Wednesday urged the government of Iran to halt the execution of Saman Naseem, a juvenile offender scheduled to be executed Thursday. Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran Ahmed Shaheed and UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions Christof Heyns stated … [read more]


Legal News
17 Feb 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The New York Court of Appeals [official website] on Tuesday ruled [text, PDF] that state laws governing the residency restrictions for sex offenders take precedence over local municipal ordinances. In People v. Diack, the court ruled unanimously that the state's regulations are sufficient in prohibiting high-level sex offenders from … [read more]


Legal News
13 Feb 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Thursday urged [press release] Iran to halt the execution of Saman Naseem, a man jailed as a teen and sentenced to death for "enmity against God" and "corruption on earth." Naseem was arrested in July 2011 following a battle between the Revolutionary Guard … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jan 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURST] The Pennsylvania Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-1 last week that the requirement that all sex offenders who were juveniles at the time of their crimes must remain on the Megan's Law Registry for life is unconstitutional. The court upheld a 2013 decision by a York County … [read more]

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