Legal news from Tuesday, November 22, 2011

[JURIST] Malaysia's government on Tuesday introduced legislation that will enforce new restrictions on public demonstrations, including a ban on street protests and other rules that opposition leaders believe are too repressive. Proposed by the National Front [party website], Malaysia's ruling party, and supported by Prime Minister Najib Razak [official profile], … [read more]

[JURIST] The US International Trade Commission (USITC) [official website] ruled [text, PDF] Monday for Apple [corporate website; Bloomberg backgrounder] on a patent complaint [JURIST report] brought by HTC [corporate website; Bloomberg backgrounder]. The USITC found that Apple had not violated Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 [PDF] by … [read more]

[JURIST] The relatives of 57 people killed in a 2009 Philippines massacre on Tuesday sued former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] for allegedly assisting the perpetrators. The families seek five million pesos (USD $345,000) from Arroyo for damages caused by her alleged support of the Ampatuan … [read more]

[JURIST] The Connecticut Supreme Court [official website] on Monday upheld [opinion, PDF] the state's death penalty [JURIST news archive] law. The court's ruling affirmed the death sentence of a man convicted of murdering a 13-year old boy with a sledgehammer in 1997. In its defense of the death penalty, the … [read more]

[JURIST] A UK appeals court on Tuesday ruled [judgment text] that a special commission charged with investigating the alleged abuse of Iraqi civilians in British-controlled detention facilities between March 2003 and December 2008 lacks independence. The Court of Appeals ordered Defence Secretary Liam Fox [official website] to reconsider his refusal … [read more]

[JURIST] The ruling military council in Egypt has committed numerous human rights violations, including abuse of protesters and journalists who voice their dissatisfaction with the government, according to an Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] report [text, PDF; press release] released Tuesday. The report alleges that the Supreme Council of the … [read more]

[JURIST] Trial began Tuesday for 13 journalists accused of plotting to overthrow the Islamic government in Turkey. The trial lasted only four hours before being adjourned to await a decision from Turkey's high court about whether the presiding judge can hear the case amid allegations by the defense counsel that … [read more]

[JURIST] The Bahrain [JURIST news archive] government on Monday admitted to the use of excessive force against pro-democracy protesters in the region early this year. The admission is a reversal of the country's previous characterization of its crackdown on protesters. Prior to this admission, the Bahraini government defended its actions … [read more]

[JURIST] The South African National Assembly (NA) [official website] passed a controversial state secrets [JURIST news archive] bill on Tuesday designed to protect state secrets related to national security. The African National Congress (ANC) [party website], which holds a majority in the NA, was responsible for pushing the legislation through … [read more]

[JURIST] Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) [NYT backgrounder] on Tuesday announced an amendment to a criminal law that would punish those who have contributed to the corruption of politics and damaged the interests of the nation. If convicted, repercussions would include a five-year bar from joining political … [read more]

[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] arrived in Libya [press release] Tuesday to discuss plans for the trials of recently arrested Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of late former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi [BBC profile], and Abdullah al-Senussi, former Libyan chief of intelligence, for … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] and a group of independent human rights experts on Monday called on Egyptian authorities to guarantee the protection of human rights and civil liberties during the country's most recent incidents of civilian-police clashes [JURIST report]. The rights experts, including the UN special rapporteurs … [read more]

[JURIST] A five-soldier jury on Friday convicted Army Staff Sgt. David Bram, 27, for a list of charges stemming from his attempt to cover up drug use in his platoon and also to kill Afghan civilians. Bram was sentenced to five years in prison [News Tribune report] for solicitation to … [read more]

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