Legal news from Tuesday, August 2, 2011

[JURIST] The Nigeria Ebonyi State Commissioner of Justice and the Attorney General, Ben Igwenyi, called Monday for the establishment of a special court to hear corruption cases. He argues that corruption cases in the regular courts take too long to process [Vanguard report] causing people to forget about them, perpetuating … [read more]

[JURIST] The Constitutional Affairs Committee [official website, in Italian], an Italian parliamentary commission, on Tuesday approved a draft law [text, PDF, in Italian; SB 2343 materials, in Italian] that bans women from wearing full-face veils, including the Islamic burqa [JURIST news archive] and niqab [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], in … [read more]

[JURIST] Russian investigators on Tuesday reopened a case against former lawyer and purported whistle-blower Sergei Magnitsky, who died [JURIST report] in a Moscow prison in November 2009. Magnitsky was arrested on allegations of tax fraud after implicating Russian police in a multimillion-dollar embezzlement scandal while working as outside counsel for … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] Tuesday criticized [press release] a report released by the Sri Lankan government for not taking responsibility for alleged violations of the laws of war. The Sri Lankan Ministry of Defense [official website] released its report Monday entitled, "Humanitarian Operation Factual Analysis" [text, PDF], … [read more]

[JURIST] A Vietnamese court on Tuesday began hearing the appeal of well-known lawyer and activist Cu Huy Ha Vu, who was convicted in April [JURIST report] of carrying out anti-state propaganda. Vu was sentenced to seven years of imprisonment and an additional three years of house arrest after a trial … [read more]

[JURIST] The Casa de Maryland [advocacy website] immigrant rights group filed a challenge [brief] Monday to a public referendum over a Maryland law providing in-state tuition to undocumented college students. The group filed the challenge in the Maryland Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County [official website] after opponents of the … [read more]

[JURIST] A federal judge on Tuesday ruled that the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] was not in contempt of court for destroying videotapes [press release] thought to have shown harsh interrogations of terror suspects, but ordered the CIA to pay attorneys fees to the American Civil Liberties Union … [read more]

[JURIST] Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller [official website] filed an appeal [brief, PDF] Monday to lift a judge's decision to block parts of a controversial state law [HEA 1210] denying that medicaid funds go to Planned Parenthood of Indiana (PPIN) [advocacy website]. Zoeller filed the appeal in the US Court … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Monday filed a complaint [text, PDF] in the US District Court for the Northern District of Alabama [official website] challenging an Alabama law [HB 56 text] that expands restrictions on undocumented immigrants. The DOJ contends that various provisions of the … [read more]

[JURIST] Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff [official website], Admiral Mike Mullen [official profile], said Tuesday that US troops must be granted immunity in order to remain in Iraq beyond the end-of-the-year deadline. It is up to the Iraqi Parliament to decide whether they still need a US … [read more]

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