August 20, 2011
by Daniel Makosky
Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning on Wednesday issued an advisory opinion drawing marked parallels between the state's campaign finance laws and portions of similar Arizona regulations that were recently overturned by the US Supreme Court. Under Nebraska law, candidates for certain public ...[read more]
August 20, 2011
by Daniel Makosky
A judge for the US District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina on Friday issued a preliminary injunction against a provision in North Carolina's budget that denies state and federal funding to Planned Parenthood for family planning and teen sex education services. The order provides ...[read more]
August 13, 2011
by Daniel Makosky
Mexico's National Human Rights Commission on Friday released a report contending that military and law enforcement officials routinely conduct illegal searches in their efforts to combat the country's narcotics trade. The report describes a "systematic pattern" of coercive, threatening and ...[read more]
August 13, 2011
by Daniel Makosky
Chinese authorities in Beijing on Friday began the trial against Wang Lihong, one of the dozens of human rights activists the government detained earlier this year as part of a crackdown on dissidents in the country. Wang is charged with one count of creating a disturbance for allegedly utilizing ...[read more]
August 7, 2011
by Daniel Makosky
Former Israeli president Moshe Katsav on Sunday appeared before the Supreme Court of Israel to begin the appeal of his conviction and seven-year sentence for rape and sexual assault. The proceedings, which are being held in open court, are expected to conclude following two weeks of arguments. ...[read more]
July 23, 2011
by Daniel Makosky
Two UN rights officials on Friday expressed concern over reports of violence used by Syrian authorities against the country's own people. Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide Francis Deng and Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect Edward Luck stated that ...[read more]
July 23, 2011
by Daniel Makosky
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Friday ordered that "Don't Ask Don't Tell" (DADT), the controversial policy barring openly gay individuals from serving in the military, will remain partially in effect during the 60 days prior to its newly-scheduled repeal. The court effectively ...[read more]
July 17, 2011
by Daniel Makosky
A federal judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Washington on Thursday issued a preliminary injunction suspending the imposition of contribution limits in Washington state recall campaigns. Judge Robert Bryan ruled that, given the diminished potential for quid pro quo ...[read more]
July 9, 2011
by Daniel Makosky
An Italian appeals court on Saturday ordered Fininvest, a holding company owned by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, to pay 560 million euros (USD 801 million) in damages and fees to Compagnie Industriali Riunite (CIR) Group. The ruling represents a reduction from the 750 million euro award origi... ...[read more]
June 25, 2011
by Daniel Makosky
Tunisia on Friday acceded to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), which is now set to become effective in the country on September 1, 2011. EU High Representative Catherine Ashton commended the move, noting the positive effects that ratification will have on prosecuting war ...[read more]

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