July 31, 2013
by Sydney Normil
The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has reaffirmed that two anti-illegal immigration laws enacted in 2006 by Hazleton, Pennsylvania, are preempted by federal immigration law. On Friday the court permanently enjoined Hazleton's enforcement of the Illegal Immigration Relief Act Ordinance ( ...[read more]
July 31, 2013
by Sydney Normil
Italy's highest court, the Court of Cassation began hearing an appeal by Silvio Berlusconi of his tax fraud conviction, which, if upheld, would prevent the former prime minister from taking political office for five years. Prosecutors are seeking to reduce the five-year ban to three on technical ...[read more]
July 24, 2013
by Sydney Normil
The Hague Court of Appeal on Tuesday blocked the extradition of a Dutch-Pakistani terror suspect to the US because of "uncertainty regarding the US involvement in the torture of K." Sabir K. was arrested in Pakistan In 2010 and tortured by Pakistani secret service before being expelled to the ...[read more]
July 24, 2013
by Sydney Normil
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled on Tuesday that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) policy allowing the importation of a drug used in the execution of state prisoners was illegal. The court did not give deference to the federal agency's policy of neither ...[read more]
July 17, 2013
by Sydney Normil
The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has ruled in favor of a transgender woman who endured physical and verbal harassment during her employment as a federal contractor in Maryland. The woman, who has not been publicly identified, filed a complaint last year under Title VII of the ...[read more]
July 17, 2013
by Sydney Normil
The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday urged Nigerian authorities to arrest and surrender Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide allegedly committed in the Darfur conflict. Al-Bashir is currently in Nigeria participating in the Special ...[read more]
July 11, 2013
by Sydney Normil
The Supreme Court of India ruled Wednesday that elected representatives convicted of serious crimes must vacant their positions immediately and be disqualified from future elections. The court's judgment struck down Section 8(4) of the Representation of the People Act, which permitted convicted ...[read more]
July 11, 2013
by Sydney Normil
The South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) ended its policy of separating prisoners infected with HIV from the general population on Wednesday, making South Carolina the final US state to do so. The SCDC abolished the policy in an effort to revamp medical services and in consideration of ...[read more]
July 10, 2013
by Sydney Normil
The UN Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO) on Tuesday welcomed the Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC) progress in the fight against torture. According to the UNJHRO, the DRC has convicted at least five soldiers of the Congolese armed forces, five agents of the Congolese National Police, one ...[read more]
July 10, 2013
by Sydney Normil
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Monday denied a Guantanamo Bay prisoner's petition to end the practice of force-feeding hunger strikers. Judge Gladys Kessler said the court lacked jurisdiction, but "It would seem to follow, therefore, that the President of the ...[read more]

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