Legal news from Friday, August 27, 2010
15:08 EDT

[JURIST] Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) [official website] on Thursday filed the state's opening brief [text, PDF] in the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website], asking the court to lift the preliminary injunction blocking Arizona's controversial immigration law [SB 1070 materials; JURIST news archive] from taking [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] An Iranian court has sentenced Qorban Behzadiannejad, the campaign manager for opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi [BBC profile] during the 2009 election [JURIST news archive], to five years in prison, opposition website Kaleme [advocacy website, in Persian] reported [Kaleme report, in Persian] Friday. The report does not identify the [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) [official website] concluded its 77th session Friday by expressing concern [text] with the discrimination faced by Roma migrants [JURIST news archive] in numerous European countries, focusing on France's recent expulsion policy. The committee's concern was not limited to France's [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] Members of the UN Security Council [official website] expressed "outrage" [statement; UN News Centre report] Thursday over a recent mass rape in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], calling for justice for the victims. UN representatives allege that Congolese rebel groups Mai Mai and [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) [official website] on Thursday appealed [text, PDF] a decision [JURIST report] by the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit that the agency's television indecency rule [text] is unconstitutionally vague in violation of the First Amendment. The July appellate court decision further held [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki [official profile] signed a new constitution [text, PDF] into law Friday as part of a reform movement aimed at curbing vast presidential powers. Kenya's new constitution includes numerous checks on presidential authority [AP report], among which are the creation of a supreme court and senate. [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Laurie Smith Camp ruled Wednesday that the Nebraska Supreme Court [official website] should be the first forum to address a city of Fremont ordinance [No 5165 text] banning the hiring, harboring or renting of property to illegal immigrants [JURIST news archive]. The order requests that the [read more]

07:08 EDT

[JURIST] Bosnia and Herzegovina's Presidency Chairman Zeljko Komsic [official website, in Croatian] announced Thursday that Spanish officials extradited [press release, in Croatian] accused Montenegrin war criminal Veselin Vlahovic to Sarajevo. Vlahovic, known as the "monster of Grbavica," is wanted on three international arrest warrants, including one for the rape, torture [read more]

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