Legal news from Friday, April 22, 2011
14:04 EDT

[JURIST] Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official websites], on Thursday announced [press release] an investigation into recent violence following national elections in Nigeria [JURIST news archive] earlier this month. The preliminary investigation, a precursor to a formal investigation, comes in the wake of riots [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Friday reinstated [opinion, PDF] a case against four former Blackwater [JURIST news archive] employees involved in the September 2007 shootings of 17 Iraqi civilians [JURIST report]. The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] dismissed [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) [official website] on Thursday asked [cert. petition, PDF] the US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] to reinstate an indecency policy [text] that places restrictions on profanity and nudity during television broadcasting. In July, the US Court of Appeals for the Second [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Indiana House of Representatives [official website] on Thursday voted 64-32 to approve a bill [Amended SB 590 text; materials] considered to be a "watered-down" version of the Arizona immigration bill [JURIST news archive]. The amended bill proposes to revoke tax credits from businesses that hire illegal immigrants and [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] Egyptian public prosecutor Abdel Meguid Mahmud on Friday ordered a 15-day extension of the detention of former president Hosni Mubarak [Al Jazeera profile; JURIST news archive], giving authorities more time to decide if they want to send him to jail or a prison hospital. The news comes shortly after [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] Electronics manufacturer Samsung announced on Friday that it has filed patent infringement suits against Apple [corporate websites] in three different countries. The suits, filed in South Korea, Japan and Germany, may be retaliation for infringement suits filed by Apple [JURIST report] against Samsung last week. The two companies are [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] A Montana judge has dismissed a lawsuit [judgment, PDF] that had called for the state to provide legal status to same-sex relationships. The lawsuit, filed in July [JURIST report] by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] in Montana's First Judicial District Court [official website] on behalf of [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of New Jersey [official website] on Wednesday rejected [opinion text] a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) [HR 3590 materials; JURIST news archive]. Judge Freda Wolfson dismissed the lawsuit, brought without [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner of Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Thursday said the use of violent force by the government of Libya in densely populated cities could amount to international war crimes [press release]. The use of cluster bombs and heavy artillery by armed forces under leader Muammar [read more]

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