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Legal News
24 Jan 2016
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Thousands of people in Poland on Saturday protested the government's planned changes to a certain law that would increase its surveillance over Polish citizens. The proposed change to the law, initiated by the ruling Law and Justice Party, would expand [PressTV report] the government's rights to access digital data … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jan 2016
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [official website] on Sunday released a report [text] outlining serious flaws in the Iranian electoral system which they say are damaging prospects for free and fair parliamentary elections on February 26th. The report states that this is due to Iranian authorities not allowing the majority … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jan 2016
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court of the Middle District of North Carolina [official website] on Friday declined to grant [opinion, PDF] a motion by the NAACP [advocacy website] and other plaintiffs that would have kept the state from implementing their voter identification law in the upcoming March … [read more]


Legal News
22 Dec 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The Panama Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish] on Tuesday ordered the detention of multimillionaire businessman and former president Ricardo Martinelli on allegations that the former leader used public money to illegally spy on more than 150 people. Martinelli, who ruled Panama from 2009 to 2014, fled the country … [read more]


Legal News
8 Dec 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Tuesday in two cases. In Harris v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission [transcript, PDF] the court heard arguments [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] on whether the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission (AIRC) [official website] violated the constitutional principle of "one person, one … [read more]


Legal News
7 Dec 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The Armenian Electoral Commission [official website, Armenian] on Monday announced [Asbarez report] that Armenia's constitution will be amended as a result of Sunday's referendum. However, opposition MP's and independent European observers have alleged serious irregularities [BBC report] in the voting process, stating that fraud was a possibility. MP's from … [read more]


Legal News
3 Dec 2015
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Wednesday issued an order [order, PDF] enjoining Hawaii from counting recent election ballots pending a final ruling from the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website]. The Justice Anthony Kennedy previously blocked the counting of ballots [JURIST report] on … [read more]


Legal News
3 Dec 2015
by Kasey Tuttle

The NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund (LDF) [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] Wednesday asking Alabama to loosen the discriminatory burdens resulting from their voter photo identification law. The law's purported purpose is to prevent voter fraud by requiring voters to present a photo ID prior to voting. … [read more]


Legal News
25 Nov 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear [official website] on Tuesday signed [press release] an executive order [document, PDF] that automatically restores voting rights and the right to hold public office to certain offenders after their sentences have been satisfied. The order, which excludes those convicted of violent crimes, sex crimes, bribery, … [read more]


Legal News
13 Nov 2015
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] announced [official website] Friday that it has reached an agreement with Alabama, under which Alabama has committed to comply with US laws requiring motor vehicle agencies to register eligible voters. More specifically, Alabama has agreed to provide voter registration opportunities in all … [read more]


Legal News
13 Nov 2015
by Taylor Isaac

Luis Segovia, a veteran and former resident of Illinois who now lives in Guam, filed a complaint [text] on Tuesday in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois [official website] claiming the laws affording residents of certain US territories the right to vote and not affording the … [read more]


Legal News
8 Nov 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Citizens of Myanmar on Sunday voted [AP report] in the country's first openly contested national election in 25 years. Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party, of the National League for Democracy (NLD), is expected to easily secure victory, although Suu Kyi is not allowed to assume the presidency. … [read more]


Legal News
28 Oct 2015
by Justin Cosgrove

US President Barack Obama made the case [remarks] for overhauling the nation's sentencing laws on Tuesday in front of top law enforcement officials at the 122nd Annual International Association of Chiefs of Police [official website] Conference and Exposition. The president argued that placing large numbers of nonviolent drug offenders in … [read more]


Legal News
25 Oct 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Argentina on Sunday opened its first round of voting for the country's new presidential election. The new president will replace current President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner [BBC profile] who is now serving her second term [BBC report] and thus constitutionally ineligible for reelection. In order to win, a candidate … [read more]


Legal News
20 Oct 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin [official website] on Monday denied [order, PDF] a request by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] to expand the list of types of photo identification accepted at polls in the state. Judge Lynn Adelman … [read more]


Legal News
18 Oct 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Greek lawmakers approved a bill early Saturday morning containing new austerity measures and economic overhauls under its new bailout program. All but one of the 155 members of the leftist Syriza [party website], which now runs the government under Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras [official website], and the Independent Anel … [read more]


Legal News
9 Oct 2015
by Ashley Hogan

The UN issued [press release] the Revised Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners [text, PDF] Wednesday to improve the treatment of prisoners throughout the world. Ivan Šimonović, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, spoke on behalf of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile], saying, "[h]e notes the critical importance of … [read more]


Legal News
6 Oct 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The European Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website] ruled [judgment] Tuesday that a convicted murderer could be banned from voting because the ban is proportionate to the offense. Thierry Delvigne challenged the ban before the ECJ as a violation of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights [text]. According to … [read more]


Legal News
25 Sep 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A North Carolina Superior Court [official website] judge on Wednesday refused to dismiss [order, PDF] a case challenging the state's new voter identification requirement. Recently, North Carolina reformed its voter ID law [text, PDF] by creating a provision that states that if one has "reasonable impediment" to receiving a … [read more]


Legal News
4 Sep 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Thursday reinstated [opinion, PDF] a case claiming Nevada has failed to provide voter registration services to its low-income citizens, as required under Section 7 of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993. The district court originally dismissed … [read more]

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