Legal news from Friday, March 16, 2012
13:03 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for Wisconsin's Dane County Circuit Court on Thursday denied a motion [opinion, PDF] to remove a temporary injunction [JURIST report] against a controversial new law [2011 Wisconsin Act 23, PDF] requiring voters to present photo identification at the polls. Judge David Flanagan said that the state did [read more]

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[JURIST] The Jayapura district court in Papua, Indonesia on Friday convicted five men of treason for declaring the province's independence and raising an outlawed separatist flag at a peaceful pro-independence rally in October. The men include the proclaimed president of West Papua, Forkorus Yaboisembut, and four other peaceful protesters, each [read more]

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[JURIST] The UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances [official website] expressed concern [press release] on Wednesday over the state of enforced disappearances in Mexico. The Working Group, a panel of five independent human rights experts, found a "chronic pattern of impunity demonstrated by the absence of effective investigations [read more]

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[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) [official website] on Thursday dismissed a motion to reinstate Saudi Arabia as a defendant in the civil compensation lawsuit by victims and commercial insurers against the perpetrators of the 9/11 terrorist attacks [JURIST backgrounder]. [read more]

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[JURIST] The Sri Lankan government is threatening peace with the minority Tamils in the Northern Province, the International Crisis Group [advocacy website] reported [text, PDF] Friday. The report states that the Sinhala majority is encroaching on Tamil land, and the government maintains an excessive military presence in the province. A [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Mississippi House of Representatives voted 70-47 Thursday to approve a controversial immigration reform bill [HB 488 materials]. The "Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act" is based off of Arizona's SB 1070 [text, PDF], which has been the subject of national debate and federal litigation [JURIST news [read more]

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