Legal news from Thursday, April 18, 2013

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces [official website] on Wednesday rejected a request by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) [advocacy website] to have access to court documents from the case against Bradley Manning [advocacy website; JURIST news archive]. CCR had filed a lawsuit [CCR backgrounder] … [read more]

[JURIST] Senegalese prosecutors have charged Karim Wade, the son of Senegal's former president Abdoulaye Wade [BBC profile], with corruption for allegedly embezzling USD $1.4 billion during his father's years in office. The corruption claim centers on Wade's acquisition of real estate and foreign companies, including Dubai Port World [corporate website], … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Tuesday expressed concern [press release] over reports of human rights violations in the Central African Republic (CAR) [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Since the Seleka coalition forces [WorldWideConflict profile] launched their offensive in December, there have been numerous … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [BBC profile] stressed [press release] that the international community must do more to prevent atrocities, during a ceremony Monday commemorating the nineteenth anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda. Ban urged member states to precipitate the arrest and prosecution of those responsible for the Rwanda genocide … [read more]

[JURIST] A Pakistani judge on Thursday issued an arrest warrant for former president Pervez Musharraf [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on charges of detaining judges during his time in office. With the arrest warrant, Judge Shaukat Siddiqui also canceled [Guardian report] the bail [JURIST report] that was granted to Musharraf … [read more]

[JURIST] EU Commissioner of Justice Viviane Reding [official website] spoke out [statement] on Wednesday against Hungary's failure to reinstate judges and prosecutors who had been forced into early retirement. Last November the European Court of Justice (ECJ) struck down [JURIST report] a Hungarian law that lowered the age of … [read more]

[JURIST] The Iraqi Justice Ministry executed 21 individuals on Tuesday who were convicted of terrorism. The men were convicted [CNN report] under Article 4,of Iraq's anti-terrorism law, which includes the use of improvised explosive devices, assassinations of doctors and kidnapping women, and sentenced to death. Iraq has been widely criticized … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Independent Expert on human rights in Somalia on Wednesday urged the Somali government to continue efforts to strengthen the country's justice system [press release] in the wake of Sunday's attacks on the Supreme Court complex [JURIST report]. The attacks by al Shabaab [NCTC backgrounder] rebels killed more … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Wednesday considered California's ban [SB 1172; Senate backgrounder, PDF] on psychotherapy practices intended to convert gay teenagers into straight teenagers. The three-judge panel heard arguments [San Jose Mercury News report] on whether the First Amendment right to … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Wednesday in two cases [JURIST report]. In Salinas v. Texas [transcript, PDF] the court considered the boundaries of the Fifth Amendment [text] right to remain silent prior to arrest. Genovevo Salinas was suspected of being involved in … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday in Missouri v. McNeely [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that the Fourth Amendment [text; Cornell LII backgrounder] may require a warrant for a blood test in a drunk-driving investigation. The divided court ultimately held that "in drunk-driving investigations, the natural dissipation of … [read more]

[JURIST] Two advocacy groups filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas [official website] Tuesday challenging the Human Heartbeat Protection Act [Act 301, PDF; materials]. The Human Heartbeat Protection Act is an Arkansas law banning most abortions at the twelfth week of … [read more]

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