Legal news from Tuesday, October 30, 2012

[JURIST] A lawyer representing Laurent Gbagbo [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] requested on Tuesday that the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website; JURIST backgrounder] release Gbagbo from custody while he awaits his trial. Gbagbo is the former Ivory Coast president and an alleged war criminal. His lawyer told the court … [read more]

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] on Tuesday condemned [judgment, PDF; press release] Poland's treatment of a 14-year-old rape victim who sought an abortion. The victim initially faced charges of unlawful intercourse by the Polish criminal justice system. The ECHR articulated four violations of the European … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Tuesday urged Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani [official website], the ruler of Qatar [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], not to approve a proposed media law [press release] which allegedly has the purpose of censoring rather than promoting media freedom. The new law … [read more]

[JURIST] The Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court of Poland [official website, in Polish] on Monday ruled [materials, in Polish] against a musician who tore up a copy of the Bible on stage in 2007. The court held that even without intention of insulting the Catholic Church, the musician violated … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday denied certiorari [order list, PDF] on a case dealing with a proposed ballot initiative [text, PDF] to amend the Oklahoma constitution [text] by defining a fertilized egg as a person. The Supreme Court of Oklahoma [official website] had unanimously ruled [opinion, … [read more]

[JURIST] The Bahrain government banned all protests on Tuesday, threatening legal action against any groups that initiate demonstrations. The Interior Ministry announced this emergency rule [AP report] to stop the persistent anti-government protests [JURIST news archive]. This represents the broadest order [Al Jazeera report] since martial law was enacted during … [read more]

[JURIST] A Rwandan court on Tuesday convicted opposition leader Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza [campaign website; JURIST news archive] of treason and genocide denial, sentencing her to eight years in prison. Ingabire was acquitted on charges [AP report] of terrorism and promoting ethnic division and a genocide ideology, while the judges found … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] granted four new cases [order list, PDF] Monday. In Bullock v. Bank Champaign, N.A. [docket; cert. petition, PDF] the court will look at what degree of misconduct by a trustee will disqualify a debt made by the trustee from discharge under the Bankruptcy … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] in two cases Monday. In Clapper v. Amnesty International [transcript, PDF; JURIST report] the court heard arguments to determine whether advocacy organizations which represent or work with terrorist suspects, such as Amnesty International (AI) and the American … [read more]

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