Legal news from Thursday, January 26, 2012
13:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Thursday lifted [opinion, PDF] an injunction won by Chevon Corporation [official website] to block enforcement of what the US oil company claims is a fraudulent, multibillion-dollar judgment in Ecuador for polluting the Amazon jungle. In reversing [read more]

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[JURIST] The Minnesota Supreme Court [official website] ruled Wednesday that a Minnesota statute requiring people convicted of crimes to submit a DNA sample does not violate [opinion, PDF] the Fourth Amendment [text] right to unreasonable search. The Minnesota law [text], which was enacted in 2010, requires an offender to submit [read more]

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[JURIST] A media adviser to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki [official website, in Arabic; JURIST news archive] said Thursday that the government will take legal action on behalf of the victims of the November 2005 Haditha killings [JURIST news archive], in which 24 Iraqi civilians were killed. Government spokesman Ali [read more]

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[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website] addressed [statement] the UN Security Council Wednesday, expressing concern over alleged current human rights violations in Libya. Pillay first noted that the Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) [official website] has expressed their commitment to human rights and has taken [read more]

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[JURIST] South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson [official website] has filed an appeal in the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] asking the court to overturn the decision to block provisions of the state's new controversial immigration law [SB 20]. The state is asking the court [read more]

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[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Romania [official website, in Romanian] on Wednesday ruled that a law allowing local and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time is unconstitutional. The Romanian Parliament [official website, in Romanian] passed the law in December [AP report], but objections from opposition leaders and [read more]

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[JURIST] The Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) [official website] on Wednesday upheld the conviction [JURIST report] and 31-year sentence of Radomir Vukovic for his part in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre during the Bosnian civil war [JURIST news archives]. While Vukoic's appeal was denied, Zoran Tomic won his appeal on [read more]

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