Legal news from Wednesday, December 14, 2011
15:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] on Wednesday reduced the sentence [press release] of Theoneste Bagosora [ICTR materials], called the "kingpin" of the 1994 Rwandan genocide [JURIST news archive], from life to 35 years in prison. The court overturned several of his [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York [official website] on Tuesday revived a six-year-old lawsuit over the Plan B emergency contraceptive [product website], but declined to hold the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [official website] in contempt. The suit was filed by [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official website] pledged Tuesday to enforce civil rights [speech] during next year's elections. Speaking at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library & Museum [website] in Austin, Texas, Holder stressed the importance of the right to vote, calling it the "cornerstone of our system of government." [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] A Philippines senior official was arrested on Tuesday amidst allegations that he was involved in illegal activities in connection with the 2007 congressional elections on the island of Mindanao. Former chief election official, Benjamin Abalos, surrendered and was taken into custody [NYT report] at a courthouse in the city [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] Alabama's controversial new immigration law [HB 56; JURIST news archive] is resulting in human rights violations [press release], Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Wednesday. In the 52-page report [materials], "No Way to Live: Alabama's Immigrant Law," HRW claims that the law is denying immigrants equal protection under the law [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] A Ukrainian court on Wednesday refused to release former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [personal website; JURIST news archive] from custody. Tymoshenko was absent from the hearing [RT report] due to continuing health issues, although there have been reports that the court may eventually order her to attend. During the [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the ACLU of Wisconsin and the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty [advocacy websites] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] Tuesday challenging Wisconsin's new voter identification law [2011 Wisconsin Act 23]. The controversial law states that any qualified voter must present photo identification [read more]

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