Legal news from Wednesday, June 29, 2011

[JURIST] Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa [official website] announced on Wednesday that an independent commission will investigate human rights violations related to the country's pro-democracy protests. During a televised speech [transcript], Khalifa indicated that he had ordered a committee under the Chairmanship of the Deputy Prime Minister to … [read more]

[JURIST] Oman's Misdemeanour Court of First Instance in Muscat sentenced 13 protesters [Times of Oman report] on Wednesday, handing five-year sentences to seven of the activists. Those seven were charged with shutting down a government organization. Six others were given fines and between three and four-month sentences for blocking roads … [read more]

[JURIST] Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller [official website] filed a notice of appeal [text, PDF; docketing statement, PDF] Tuesday challenging a preliminary injunction blocking parts of a state law [HEA 1210, text] denying that medicaid funds go to Planned Parenthood of Indiana (PPIN) [advocacy website]. The state is challenging a … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday transferred the case [press release] of former Rwandan pastor Jean-Bosco Uwinkindi [Hague Justice profile; case materials] to the Republic of Rwanda to be tried in the Rwandan national court system under Rule 11 bis, which … [read more]

[JURIST] Gay rights groups Lambda Legal and Garden State Equality [advocacy websites] filed a lawsuit [complaint text, PDF; case materials] on Wednesday to force the state of New Jersey to recognize and legalize same-sex marriage as opposed to its current Civil Unions Law [text, PDF]. The suit was filed in … [read more]

[JURIST] The Ohio House of Representatives [official website] voted 54-43 on Tuesday to approve legislation [HB 125] that would prohibit abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detectable, which could occur as early as six weeks into the pregnancy. The "heartbeat bill" provides no exceptions [Reuters report] for rape, incest or … [read more]

[JURIST] Ivory Coast [BBC backgrounder; ICC case materials] Justice Minister Jeannot Ahoussou Kouadio signed an agreement with the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Tuesday, allowing an investigation into political violence to proceed and pledging cooperation with the ICC. As the Ivory Coast is not a member state of … [read more]

[JURIST] The Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) [advocacy website] on Tuesday filed a federal lawsuit [press release] challenging licensing and regulation laws for doctors who provide abortions [JURIST news archive] in Kansas. The suit [case backgrounder], filed on behalf of two doctors, alleges that regulations issued by the Kansas Department … [read more]

[JURIST] Bank of America (BOA) [corporate website] announced Wednesday that it has agreed to pay $8.5 billion [press release] to settle claims that it sold bad securities contributing to the housing market collapse. The securities, called first-lien residential mortgage-backed securitization, were issued by the BOA unit Countrywide Financial Corporation, which … [read more]

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