Legal news from Wednesday, March 16, 2011
15:03 EDT

[JURIST] A Pakistani court on Wednesday acquitted and released US consulate worker Raymond Davis, who was being held in connection with the shooting deaths of two men. Earlier in the day, the court formally indicted [Times of India report] Davis on two counts of murder after the Lahore High Court [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] Utah Governor Gary Herbert [official website] on Tuesday signed into law [press release] a package of bills aimed at both reforming the state's immigration laws and challenging the federal government to take action for reform nationally. One of the four bills, H.B. 497 [materials], is an enforcement law similar [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Wednesday released a report [report, PDF; press release] documenting discrimination and human rights violations against Roma migrants [JURIST news archive] in Slovenia and urging the Slovenian government to protect Roma communities. The report reveals that Roma communities are being denied access to housing, [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Tuesday sued [press release] the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) [official website] for unfairly disciplining Sikh inmate Sukhjinder Basra for refusing to trim his beard. The suit also names the state of California and Governor Jerry Brown [official [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] A panel of judges for the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] stayed a ruling [order, PDF] Tuesday that would have forced the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) [official website] to approve or deny five applications for offshore drilling permits by [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] reinstated [opinion, PDF] a lawsuit on Tuesday, allowing a Muslim woman to sue several government parties for forcing her to remove her religious headscarf [JURIST news archive] while detained in a holding cell. Souhair Khatib argued that being [read more]

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