Legal news from Monday, January 9, 2012

[JURIST] An Israeli government panel on Monday approved a bill that would make it illegal to use any Nazi symbols, names, or images, including the use of the term "Nazi" and any clothing resembling that worn by prisoners at concentration camps. A government committee approved the bill [Ynetnews report] proposed … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] in three cases Monday, including the Texas redistricting controversy [transcript, PDF]. The court agreed last month to hear an emergency appeal [JURIST report] challenging an interim map drawn up by the US District Court for the Western … [read more]

[JURIST] Violence and protests in Middle Eastern and North African countries are likely to continue throughout the next year unless each country's government recognizes the purpose behind the movement and makes the changes being asked of them, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] reported [text, PDF] Monday. The 80-page report also … [read more]

[JURIST] Blackwater [JURIST news archive], now known as Academi [corporate website], reached a confidential settlement agreement Saturday with survivors and families of victims in a 2007 shooting incident [JURIST report] in the Nisour Square area of Baghdad that left 17 Iraqi civilians dead. A subsequent FBI [official website] investigation revealed … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] granted certiorari [order list, PDF] Friday in Salazar v. Ramah Navajo Chapter [docket; cert. petition, PDF] to determine whether the federal government must pay American Indian tribes all contract-related costs incurred under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act [text], where the contract … [read more]

[JURIST] A Bahrain court on Monday overturned the death sentences for two protesters convicted of killing two police officers during the demonstrations that took place in the country last year. Bahrain was guided by recommendations from a panel of international investigators in its decision to transfer the protesters' case to … [read more]

[JURIST] The Kuala Lumpur High Court [official website] on Monday acquitted Malaysian opposition leader and former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim [official profile; JURIST news archive] of charges that he sodomized a former male political aide. High Court Judge Mohamad Zabidin Diah said during the ruling that there was reasonable … [read more]

[JURIST] An Iranian court on Monday sentenced Iranian-American ex-marine American Amir Mirzaei Hekmati to death for espionage. Iran accused Hekmati of spying for the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] and cooperating with an enemy government in an attempt to accuse Iran of terrorism [FNA report]. The conviction is … [read more]

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