Legal news from Wednesday, October 17, 2012
15:10 EDT

[JURIST] Ugandan officials have denied allegations contained in an unreleased UN Security Council [official website] report that Uganda has assisted rebel forces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Ugandan foreign affairs minister Okello Oryem vehemently denied [Al Jazeera report; video] the allegations [Reuters report] that his government has [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Tuesday argued [press release] that justice suffers from the weak relationship between the UN Security Council and the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official websites] and the inconsistency of referrals. HRW urged the Security Council to address the issue in the open debate [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that it will keep Montana's campaign contribution limits in place for the duration of the election season, extending a stay on a lower court decision [JURIST reports]. The appeals court ruled that changing the [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] announced Wednesday that both violent crime and property crime rates increased from 2010 to 2011 [report, PDF; press release]. This is the first time the DOJ has reported an increase in crime rates since 1993. Overall violent crime, which the DOJ [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] Scores of Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive] loyalists, and perhaps Gaddafi himself, were "summarily executed" when rebels sacked the ruler's final stronghold last year, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [text] Wednesday. According to HRW, when a team of researchers with the group arrived in Sirte [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit [official website] on Tuesday upheld [opinion, PDF] a municipality's ban on funeral protests. The court ruled that a ban on funeral protests in Manchester, Missouri, was a legitimate restriction on the First Amendment, calling it a "legitimate time, place, and [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic [ICTY case summary, PDF; JURIST news archive] began his defense Tuesday in the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] by denying all charges against him. Karadzic opened by describing himself [Guardian report] as, a "medical doctor, psychiatrist, psychotherapist, group [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday denied [order, PDF] a stay application [JURIST report] in Husted v. Obama for America [docket], allowing early voting for all Ohio citizens in the three days preceding the November election. The court declined the stay without comment or dissent. After the [read more]

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