Legal news from Thursday, September 8, 2011

[JURIST] Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website], Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile], announced on Thursday that he is seeking assistance [press release] from INTERPOL [official website] to locate and arrest former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. The ICC issued arrest warrants [JURIST report] … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Thursday announced its findings from a three-year investigation that the Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD) [official website, in Spanish] has engaged in repeated unlawful and unconstitutional behavior [report materials]. The investigation, which began in June 2008, uncovered the PRPD use … [read more]

[JURIST] The three-judge Malaysian Federal Court [official website] on Thursday ruled unanimously against indigenous people [case materials, in Malay] fighting against the Sarawak government's seizure of land to build a dam. The court had agreed to hear the suit [JURIST report] in March. The ruling caps a more than decade-long … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] on Wednesday upheld a ruling that juveniles convicted of murder may be sentenced to life imprisonment without parole [opinion, PDF]. Kenneth Loggins was convicted of brutally murdering a hitchhiker in 1994, when he was 17 years old, and … [read more]

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida (ACLUFL) [advocacy website] on Wednesday filed a federal class action lawsuit [complaint, PDF; press release] seeking to enjoin implementation of the recently passed state law that mandates drug testing for individuals seeking Temporary Cash Assistance (TAC). The lawsuit was filed in the … [read more]

[JURIST] A three-year probe into abuse of military detainees in Iraq was finalized Thursday with the release of a report that found numerous British soldiers were involved in specific episodes of abuse of Iraqi citizens. The independent inquiry was led by retired judge William Gage and focused on the detention … [read more]

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] released a report [text, PDF] on Wednesday claiming that the US is diminishing its "core values" with regard to various counterterrorism measures put in place during the 10 years since the 9/11 attacks [JURIST news archive]. To support this contention, the … [read more]

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