Legal news from Thursday, July 19, 2012

[JURIST] Former Liberian president Charles Taylor [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Thursday appealed his conviction and 50-year sentence for war crimes committed during the civil war in Sierra Leone [JURIST news archive]. Taylor's appeal [AFP report] states that the the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) [official website] … [read more]

[JURIST] US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts [official profile] on Wednesday temporarily stayed [order, PDF] a Maryland Court of Appeals [official website] ruling that police could not collect DNA from individuals arrested for violent crimes and burglaries. The appeals court struck down [opinion, PDF; JURIST report] the DNA collection … [read more]

[JURIST] The Bundestag [official website, in German], the lower house of the German parliament, is expected to vote on a bill [text, PDF, in German] that would protect religious circumcision [JURIST news archive] in Germany. The session came a week after the German government announced [JURIST report] its plan to … [read more]

[JURIST] The Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) [advocacy website] released its annual mid-year report summarizing some of the trends observed in 2012 in the ongoing US reproductive rights controversy [JURIST backgrounder] and highlighting some of what the CRR considers the most damaging proposals that became law this year. The 2012 … [read more]

[JURIST] Egypt's Supreme Administrative Court ruled Thursday that it does not have jurisdiction over two cases related to the decree issued by the newly elected President Mohammed Morsi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to reconvene parliament and the constitutional declaration by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) [NYT … [read more]

[JURIST] The Brennan Center for Justice [advocacy website] released a report on Tuesday describing the burden on Americans who must obtain government-issued photo ID to comply with restrictive state voter ID laws. The Challenge of Obtaining Voter Identification [report, PDF; press release] is the first comprehensive assessment of the difficulties … [read more]

[JURIST] A Tunisian military court on Thursday sentenced the country's former president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] in absentia to life in prison for his involvement in the killing of 43 protesters during last year's Tunisian revolution which resulted in the death of more than … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website; press release] Wednesday offered its services to aid the government of Ethiopia [OHCHR backgrounder] in a proposed review of its anti-terrorism and civil society legislation. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] proposed the … [read more]

[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) [official websites; JURIST backgrounder] Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said Wednesday that her office is opening a preliminary examination [press release] of the recent violence in Mali [JURIST news archive]. Bensouda said that she had received a letter [text, PDF, in French] from Malian government officials … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women Rashida Manjoo [official profile] on Wednesday urged [press release] the governments of Pakistan [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] and Afghanistan [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to end violence against women and to initiate investigations into the recent killings of two women. Fareeda … [read more]

[JURIST] Bank of America (BOA) agreed Tuesday to pay $375 million in a settlement with bond insurer Syncora Guarantee [corporate websites; press release] over claims that Syncora was misled into insuring toxic mortgage-backed securities of BOA-owned Countrywide Financial Corporation [NYT backgrounder]. Syncora filed a lawsuit against BOA and Countrywide in … [read more]

[JURIST] The Russian Federal Council [official website], the upper house of parliament, approved a bill on Wednesday that labels nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that accept international funding as "foreign agents." Critics of President Vladimir Putin [official website, in Russian] argue that this is another piece of legislation that is intended to … [read more]

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