Legal news from Wednesday, July 30, 2008
14:07 EDT

[JURIST] Australian Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Chris Evans [official website] has announced [speech transcript; press release] that the country will no longer impose mandatory detention on all those who enter the country seeking asylum. Evans said Tuesday that the country's existing immigration policy imposed detentions too broadly, held immigrants [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] that a lower court had erroneously dismissed a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) lawsuit seeking to prevent Whole Foods Market [corporate website] from buying out competitor Wild Oats Markets. The FTC had been [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] late Tuesday approved by voice vote a resolution [HR 194 materials] apologizing to African Americans for slavery and Jim Crow laws [backgrounder]. The resolution declares:That the House of Representatives--(1) acknowledges that slavery is incompatible with the basic founding principles recognized in the [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Massachusetts House of Representatives [official website] Tuesday voted 119-36 for a bill [HB 1710 petition, PDF] that would repeal a 1913 law barring people from marrying in Massachusetts if their own state would not recognize such a union. The state's Senate passed the bill [JURIST report] earlier this [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Turkey [official website, in Turkish] Wednesday rejected a bid to ban [JURIST report] the country's ruling Islamic Justice and Development Party (AKP) [party website, in Turkish], which was accused of ignoring the secular principles of the country's constitution [text]. Six of the 11 judges on [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Germany's Federal Constitutional Court [official website, in German] Wednesday ruled [text, in German; press release, in German] that state laws banning smoking in bars are unconstitutional as they now stand. Smoking in public places is regulated on a state-by-state basis in Germany, and most states allow bars to designate [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Court of Bosnia & Herzegovina [official website] Tuesday delivered its first sentences [press release; case backgrounder] of war crimes suspects from Yugoslavia's violent ethnic conflicts of the 1990s, convicting seven of genocide [BiH Criminal Code Article 171, PDF] for their involvement in killings committed at the Srebrenica [JURIST [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) [advocacy website] has announced that health insurance company BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York [corporate website] has agreed to extend health-care benefits [NYCLU press release] to spouses in validly married same-sex couples. In February, judges for a New York state appeals court [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Officials from the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] have filed a motion [PDF text] with the US Supreme Court [official website] requesting permission to petition for rehearing in Kennedy v. Louisiana [opinion; JURIST report], in which the Court found that a death sentence constitutes cruel and unusual [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] UK House of Lords judges Wednesday denied the appeal [judgment text] of a man accused of hacking US government computers in 2001 and 2002 who had argued [certified points of appeal, PDF] that his extradition to the US would violate his human rights. British police arrested systems analyst Gary [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Council of Europe (COE) Commissioner for Human Rights Thomas Hammarberg [official profile] Tuesday urged Italy to change immigration and preemptive crime policies that he says marginalize the country's Roma and Sinti minorities [JURIST news archive]. Hammarberg memorandum [text; press release] was issued following visit to the country during which [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Serbian authorities Wednesday transferred [press release] Bosnian Serb leader and former fugitive Radovan Karadzic [ICTY materials; JURIST news archive] to the custody of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] to face trial on war crimes charges. Karadzic, who has been indicted [text] on charges [read more]

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