Legal news from Thursday, June 14, 2012

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas [official website] on Thursday sentenced Allen Stanford [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to 110 years in prison without parole. Judge David Hittner reduced the sentence from the 230 years originally requested [text; JURIST report] by the … [read more]

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] released [press release] a report [text, PDF] on Wednesday claiming that it costs $68,270 per year to house a prisoner age 50 and older while many pose virtually no threat to society. The ACLU found that 16 percent of the national … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt dissolved the Egyptian Parliament [official websites] on Thursday after finding that one-third of its members were elected illegally. The court determined that because some of the members were elected illegally, the entire body is invalid [AP report]. The decision was an affirmance of … [read more]

[JURIST] Pro-democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi [JURIST news archive] on Thursday urged [statement] the international community to support Myanmar [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] in its attempt to build a stronger democracy and uphold the rule of law. In her speech at the 101st International Labour Conference by the … [read more]

[JURIST] Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Wednesday submitted [press release] a renewed application seeking an arrest warrant for Sylvestre Mucadumura [ICC fact sheet, PDF], a field commander in the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) [GlobalSecurity backgrounder]. Mucadumura is … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Wednesday dismissed [opinion, PDF] a lawsuit filed by seven Guatemalans who alleged that they had been the subject of non-consensual human medical experimentation by the US Public Health Service (PHS) [official websites]. In its … [read more]

[JURIST] The state of Arizona on Wednesday filed an Application to Stay Mandate [text, PDF] asking the US Supreme Court [official website] to allow state election officials to demand voters to show proof of citizenship before registering to vote. In April, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit … [read more]

[JURIST] The Obama administration on Thursday filed a brief [text, PDF] in the US Supreme Court [official website] asking the justices to limit corporate liability for human rights violations occurring overseas. The government argued that the court should dismiss the lawsuit in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co. [docket]. The … [read more]

[JURIST] Syrian armed forces are continuing to engage in a pattern of abuses against and deliberate killings of civilians, according to an Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] report [text, PDF] released Thursday. The 70-page report was based on interviews conducted in 23 towns and villages in the Aleppo and Idlib … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Libya on Thursday nullified a controversial law [Law 37, PDF, in Arabic] that criminalizes and punishes speech and propaganda endangering the security of the state or glorifying former leader Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive]. In a brief hearing, the court's constitutional chamber announced … [read more]

[JURIST] The Rhode Island Senate on Wednesday passed a bill [S 2052 text, PDF] that is designed to affirm the rights of homeless individuals and prevent discrimination. The "Homeless Bill of Rights" was passed to ensure that "no person should suffer unnecessarily or be subject to unfair discrimination based on … [read more]

[JURIST] A Bahrain court on Thursday overturned or reduced the sentences for most of the 20 medical professionals convicted in September of participating in the country's pro-democracy protests against the ruling regime. The 13 doctors, one dentist, nurses and paramedics who were jailed for providing treatment to injured protesters all … [read more]

[JURIST] Israel's Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss [official website, in Hebrew] released a report [material, in Hebrew] on Wednesday that criticized the way Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu [official website] handled the May 2010 flotilla incident [JURIST news archive]. In the 153-page report, Lindenstrauss stressed that there were "significant shortcomings" [Al Jazeera report] … [read more]

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official website] swore under oath Tuesday that the Obama administration will not transfer Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] prisoners to the Thomson prison in Illinois, despite earlier plans [JURIST report]. At a Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] hearing, Holder discussed plans of acquiring the Thomson … [read more]

[JURIST] A Tunisian military court on Wednesday sentenced former president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] in absentia to life in prison in connection with his part in the killing of 22 protesters last year. Earlier on Wednesday Ben Ali was sentenced to 20 years [JURIST … [read more]

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