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Legal News
27 Mar 2012
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] denied certiorari [order list, PDF] Monday in Fields v. Smith [opinion, PDF; JURIST report], allowing a lower court decision that transgender hormone therapy is a medically necessary procedure to stand. The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit found the Inmate Sex-Change … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jul 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] Russian President Dmitry Medvedev [official profile; JURIST news archive] proposed a bill on Tuesday calling for, among other penalties, chemical castration of individuals convicted of sexual offenses against children. The bill, which seeks to deter such crimes, was sent to the State Duma [official website, in Russian], the lower … [read more]


Legal News
24 Apr 2010
by Ximena Marinero

[JURIST] An Oregon jury Friday found the Boy Scouts of America [organization website] negligent for failing to take actions that would have prevented further sexual abuse by an assistant scoutmaster during the 1980s and ordered the organization to pay $18.5 million in punitive damages to plaintiff Kerry Lewis. Multnomah County … [read more]


Legal News
3 Dec 2008
by Ximena Marinero

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [judgment text] unanimously Tuesday that Finland [official website] violated Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights [text] - the "right to respect for private and family life" - in a case involving a minor targeted by pedophiles. … [read more]


Legal News
30 Oct 2007
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] A judge in Chad has approved kidnapping charges against six French nationals after French charity Zoe's Arc [advocacy website, in French] tried to fly 103 children believed to be orphans [ZA backgrounder, in French] from the embattled Darfur region of Sudan [JURIST news archives] to France, Chadean officials said … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jun 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi

[JURIST] US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile] told the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) [association website] Thursday that to keep guns away from the mentally ill, all states must upgrade their reporting [speech text] to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) [FBI backgrounder]. In giving his … [read more]


Legal News
31 Oct 2006
by Ned Mulcahy

[JURIST] US officials plan to request that convicted sex offender Malcolm Watson serve his three-year probation in New York instead of Canada. According to Erie County District Attorney Frank J. Clark [official website], the request is motivated by complaints from Ontario Attorney General Michael Bryant [official website]. Although Watson was … [read more]


Legal News
27 Oct 2006
by Joe Shaulis

[JURIST] Canadian officials are considering whether to deport an American sex offender who reached a plea agreement [JURIST report] with a US judge allowing him to serve probation in Canada [JURIST news archive]. Malcolm Watson, a former teacher at a private school in Buffalo, was released on bail Friday a … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jul 2006
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] A Dutch court on Monday rejected a request to ban a political party that wants to lower the age of sexual consent from 16 to 12, saying "the freedom to set up a political party" can be viewed as "the basis for a democratic society." Opponents had asked The … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jun 2006
by Joe Shaulis

[JURIST] Two UK law enforcement associations denounced parts of the pending Police and Justice Bill [parliamentary materials] on Tuesday and called on the House of Lords [official website] to amend it. In a press release [text], the Association of Chief Police Officers [group website] and the Association of Police Authorities … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jun 2006
by Joe Shaulis

[JURIST] Any attempts to pass a British version of the US Megan's Law [BBC backgrounder] must balance the public's need for information against the security of child-sex offenders, a spokesman for Prime Minister Tony Blair [official website] said during a press briefing [summary] on Monday. Speaking on the customary condition … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jun 2006
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service (ICE) [official website] has arrested over 2,000 illegal immigrants [press release] since May 26 in an effort to crackdown on deported gang members, pedophiles and violent felons who snuck back into the US, officials said Wednesday. Under the nationwide "Operation Return to … [read more]


Legal News
21 Apr 2006
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile] said Thursday that the failure of Internet service providers to retain user records has impeded US Justice Department investigations into child pornography and said that the department is looking into setting "reasonable" data retention standards. In a speech [text] at the National … [read more]


Legal News
7 Mar 2006
by Tatyana Margolin

[JURIST Europe] UK Home Secretary Charles Clarke [official profile, JURIST news archive] protested the failure of the United States to ratify the latest US-UK extradition treaty [official PDF text], ratified by the UK parliament in 2003, at a meeting Monday with visiting US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile; JURIST … [read more]


Legal News
28 Feb 2006
by D. Wes Rist

[JURIST] Leading Tuesday's international brief, the Supreme Court of India [official website] has issued a ruling [text] that bans all media entities from publishing or revealing any transcripts or recordings they may have of conversations that were taped illegally. The ruling comes as Amar Singh, a high political party official … [read more]


Legal News
24 Feb 2003
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] By a vote of 84-0 Monday the Senate passed the Protect Act [text], a child pornography bill designed to help authorities track down pedophiles on the Internet while avoiding free-speech concerns that prompted the US Supreme Court to strike down a similar law last April in Ashcroft v. Free … [read more]

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