Legal news from Wednesday, September 5, 2012

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Tuesday allowed [DOJ letter] a New Hampshire law [materials] requiring the use of photo identification in order to cast a regular ballot during elections. The new law is schedule to take effect on September 13. Voters who are unable to … [read more]

[JURIST] Greek judges and court employees on Wednesday assembled in front of the country's Supreme Court in Athens to protest proposed pay cuts under the austerity measures for 2013-2014 which will eliminate public sector jobs and lower wages and pension plans. Around 200 judges, public prosecutors and court workers announced … [read more]

[JURIST] A German state official clarified [press release, in German] Wednesday that circumcision [JURIST news archive] for religious reasons is legal in Berlin. State justice minister Thomas Heilmann [official profile, in German] stated that circumcision would be legal if (1) parents consent to such procedure in writing after they were … [read more]

[JURIST] Attorneys for Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Public Utility Commission (PUC) filed a brief [text, PDF] with the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania [official websites] Tuesday arguing that the appellate court erred in overturning [JURIST report] portions of Pennsylvania's Act 13 [DEP backgrounder]. The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court [official … [read more]

[JURIST] A federal judge ruled Tuesday that American Airlines and United Continental Holdings must stand trial to defend against a claim by World Trade Center Properties (WTCP), the owners of the World Trade Center towers, who claim that the negligence of the airlines allowed the hijackers aboard the planes which … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon [official profile] told a General Assembly meeting on Wednesday that both Syrian and rebel forces are responsible for perpetrating widespread rights abuses across the nation. In a statement [text] accompanying his remarks, Ban noted that the situation in Syria is "grave and deteriorating" and urged … [read more]

[JURIST] Planned Parenthood [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday asked the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] to reconsider its ruling which allows Texas to impose a funding ban on clinics affiliated with abortion providers under the state's Women's Health Program [official website]. The court … [read more]

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Wednesday revealed violent human rights violations [report, PDF] committed in the Maldives against opposition groups and called for an immediate independent investigation [press release] into the actions of security forces. The Maldives have experienced unrest since former president Mohamed Nasheed ordered the arrest … [read more]

[JURIST] Mauritanian authorities extradited former Libyan chief of intelligence Abdullah al-Senussi to Libya on Wednesday according to Mauritania state news agencies. Al-Senussi was arrested [JURIST report] in Mauritania in March, and Libya is now seeking to try al-Senussi [BBC report] for crimes he purportedly committed while serving under former Libyan … [read more]

[JURIST] The chief judge for the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that an inmate serving life without parole must be granted gender reassignment surgery as it is the only possible treatment for her gender identity disorder [NLM backgrounder]. Judge Mark Wolf … [read more]

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