Legal news from Wednesday, July 4, 2012
14:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Transitional Federal Government of Somalia [CFR backgrounder] on Wednesday signed an action plan [press release, PDF] to be implemented with the goal of ending the recruitment of child soldiers in the region. Somali Deputy Prime Minister Hussein Arab Isse signed the action plan, which is backed by the [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] Michigan Governor Rick Snyder (R) [official website] on Tuesday vetoed several measures in a series of new legislation that included amendments to the state's election laws. Two of the vetoed bills would have required voters to produce photo identification for absentee voting and to confirm their citizenship before voting [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Myanmar president Thein Sein [BBC profile] on Tuesday granted amnesty to 37 male prisoners and nine female prisoners on humanitarian grounds. Among those released are at least 25 political prisoners [list], according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners - Burma (AAPP-B) [official website]. Upon hearing of the amnesty, [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Egypt's Criminal Court in Cairo issued a decision on Monday voiding a ban [Muslim Brotherhood report] on the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) [party website, in Arabic; JURIST news archive] that has been in place since 1954. In considering a case alleging that MB leader Osama Suleiman joined a group founded [read more]

07:07 EDT

[JURIST] The North Carolina General Assembly [official website] on Monday voted to override the veto of Governor Beverly Perdue [official website] regarding legislation [SB 416 materials] that will essentially nullify the state's Racial Justice Act (RJA) [PDF]. Signed into law by Perdue in 2009, the RJA allows an individual sentenced [read more]

07:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces [official website] on Monday decided to hear the appeal of a former US Marine convicted of the 2006 murder of an Iraqi policeman. The court approved a review in the case of Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins III on a petition claiming [read more]

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