Legal news from Thursday, January 10, 2013
14:01 EDT

[JURIST] A spokesperson for Russian President Vladimir Putin [official website, in Russian; JURIST news archive] on Thursday said [RIA Novosti report] that Russia will delay the enforcement of the ban of the adoption of Russian children by US citizens until January 2014. As a result, Russia will continue to honor [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] asked Libyan officials Thursday to address reports that they plan to try Saif al-Islam Gaddafi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], the son of former leader Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive], and Abdullah al-Senussi [BBC profile], the former intelligence chief for [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] heard arguments Thursday on whether to release photos of the body of former al Qaeda [JURIST news archive] leader Osama Bin Laden [WP obituary; JURIST news archive]. The judges appeared unswayed [AP [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] Zimbabwe must still reform its current legislative and electoral environment before this year's elections, according to a report [text, PDF] published Thursday by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website]. In the report, HRW stated that the unity government, established in 2009 after the 2008 elections resulted in violence, failed [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire (ACLU) and Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU) [advocacy websites] on Wednesday challenged [press release] the constitutionality of a tuition tax-credit program designed to divert taxpayer money to private religious schools across the state. According to the ACLU, [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday asked the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit [official websites] to reverse the terrorism conviction of Ali Hamza Ahmad Suliman Al Bahlul [HRW profile; JURIST news archive], the media secretary of Osama bin Laden [JURIST news archive], because the [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday that lawyers for a detainee at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] may not review top secret documentation. Wali Mohammed Morafa, who has been detained for financially aiding the operations of terrorist organizations, [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit [official website] on Wednesday upheld [opinion] a Massachusetts law that established "buffer zones" for abortion clinics. The buffer zone [Planned Parenthood backgrounder] creates a protected area outside of the abortion clinic where people are not allowed to protest. This is [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] Chief prosecutor in the Guantanamo tribunal, Brigadier General Mark Martins, on Wednesday recommended that the Pentagon drop the conspiracy charge against those suspected of plotting the September 11 attacks, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed [JURIST news archive]. Martins hopes to drop the charges [Miami Herald report] in order to streamline [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Michigan Court of Appeals [official website] on Wednesday upheld [opinion, PDF] a Michigan Civil Service Commission (MCSC) [official website] policy granting health care benefits to same-sex domestic partners of state employees. Attorney General Bill Schuette argued against the policy, claiming that, by extending the policy to provide health [read more]

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