Legal news from Monday, April 2, 2012

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled 5-4 [opinion, PDF] Monday in Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders of County of Burlington [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that a suspect's Fourth Amendment [text] rights were not violated when he was strip searched upon entering jail. Petitioner Albert Florence was arrested in New … [read more]

[JURIST] Ukraine's Office of the Prosecutor General [official website, in Ukrainian] on Monday granted a request [statement, in Ukrainian] for former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [personal website; JURIST news archive] to receive medical treatment outside of the jail in which she is being imprisoned. Tymoshenko will be able to … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] sent a letter [text] Monday to the chief of staff of the Philippines military, Lt. Gen. Jesse Dellosa, urging the Philippines to act on multiple human rights abuses [press release] and hold violators accountable. HRW acknowledges that the reputation of the military has … [read more]

[JURIST] A Mali leader announced on Sunday that he would reinstate the country's 1992 Constitution [text, PDF, in French] and create a transitional government to hold elections. Captain Amadou Haya Sanogo, who led Malian soldiers in a military coup [JURIST report] last month, made the promise one day before the … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] granted certiorari [order list, PDF] Monday in Moncrieffe v. Holder [docket; cert. petition, PDF] to determine whether a conviction under a provision of state law that encompasses, but is not limited to, the distribution of a small amount of marijuana without remuneration constitutes … [read more]

[JURIST] A Pakistani court convicted three widows and two daughters of Osama Bin Laden [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive] for illegally entering and residing in the country. The court ordered these five women, who were arrested on March 3, to serve 45 days in prison [AP report] and face deportation … [read more]

[JURIST] Lawyers for Abdulhadi al-Khawaja and members of the Bahrain opposition appealed a conviction on Monday for anti-state charges to the Court of Cassation. Al-Khawaja was sentenced to life imprisonment [JURIST report] last year by a military court and is now on a hunger strike, which has lasted over 50 … [read more]

[JURIST] The Israeli Supreme Court [official website] on Monday dismissed a Palestinian family's appeal claiming ownership of a historic property in Jerusalem. The Husseini family claimed that they are the rightful heirs and owners of land that was once the Shepherd Hotel, also known as the former residence of Hajj … [read more]

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