Legal news from Thursday, October 14, 2010
16:10 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] announced Thursday that it will review the involvement [press release] of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) in the extraordinary rendition [JURIST news archive] and torture of Khaled El-Masri [JURIST news archive] by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] Rwandan police on Thursday arrested opposition leader Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza [campaign website; JURIST news archive], accusing her of being involved in the formation of a terrorist organization. Ingabire was implicated, authorities say, during investigations [AP report] into the activities of a man who was a former commander of a [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW), Amnesty International (AI) and the International Crisis Group (ICG) [advocacy websites], on Thursday declined [joint letter] an invitation from Sri Lanka's Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) to testify before the probe investigating the end of the nation's civil war [JURIST new archive]. In rejecting [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday that the words "one state under God" in the Texas Pledge of Allegiance do not violate the First Amendment [text] of the US Constitution, upholding a 2009 district court opinion [text, PDF]. A Texan [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Court of Appeal for Ontario [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF] Wednesday that a witness does not have to remove her niqab [JURIST news archive] unless the failure to do so will prevent the accused from receiving a fair trial. The court stopped short [CBC report] of issuing a [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Indonesian Constitutional Court [official website, in Bahasa] on Wednesday overturned [press release, in Bahasa] a law that has allowed the Indonesian government to ban books it deemed controversial for nearly 50 years. The court found [Jakarta Post report] that giving the Attorney General [official website, in Bahasa] the [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] Attorneys general from all 50 states and the District of Columbia announced [joint statement, PDF] Wednesday that they have formed a bipartisan group called the Mortgage Foreclosure Multistate Group (MFMG), which will be investigating allegations of procedural defects committed by mortgage loan companies during foreclosure processes. The group also [read more]

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