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[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Tuesday rejected a request [opinion, PDF] by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] to dismiss a suit over subpoenaed documents relating to Operation Fast and Furious [materials]. The lawsuit [JURIST report], filed in August 2012 by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee against Attorney General Eric Holder [official websites], requests a court order requiring Holder to deliver specific documents subpoenaed by...
[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Monday unsealed an arrest warrant [press release] for an Ivory Coast politician charged with four counts of crimes against humanity. Charles Ble Goude is accused of working with former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to orchestrate a wave of post-election violence between December 2010 and April 2011. Ble Goude is specifically charged with murder, rape, persecution and other inhuman acts from when he led the youth...
[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday added eight new cases [order list, PDF] to its docket for the upcoming term. In Harris v. Quinn [docket; cert. petition, PDF] the court will determine whether a state can "compel personal care providers to accept and financially support a private organization as their exclusive representative to petition the state for greater reimbursements from its Medicaid programs." The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held [opinion] that "a collective...
[JURIST] The administration of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie [official website] on Monday sent a letter to the state's supreme court, appealing a lower court ruling [JURIST report] which held that same-sex couples must be allowed to marry in the state. Despite Judge Mary Jacobson's finding that the state's current process of civil unions deprives same-sex couples of federal benefits enjoyed by married couples, Christie has argued that the federal government should be held responsible [AP report] for denying benefits...
[JURIST] The Spanish government must do more to provide information on the whereabouts of individuals who disappeared during the Spanish Civil War [BBC backgrounder] and the Francisco Franco regime, experts from the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances [official website] demanded [press release] Monday. The working group compiled preliminary observations and recommendations [text, in Spanish] during a visit to Spain last week. The UN representatives criticized the Spanish government, stating that, "since the return of democracy, Spain has...
[JURIST] The International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) [JURIST news archive] on Monday sentenced Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury, a member of parliament for the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) [party website], to death for war crimes committed during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War [GlobalSecurity backgrounder]. Chowdhury is the first member of the BNP to stand trial [BBC report] for war crimes under the tribunal set up by the Awami League [party website] led government in 2010. He was found guilty on nine of...
[JURIST] US District Judge Myron Thompson approved a settlement [opinion, PDF] Monday that will end segregation of HIV-positive inmates in Alabama prisons. The settlement came as a result of a 2012 decision [opinion, PDF] by Thompson, who found that separating HIV-positive inmates from other inmates was discriminatory [JURIST report] and lacked a medical basis. In the settlement, the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) [official website] agreed to end the segregation of HIV-positive inmates, including the practice in which incoming HIV-positive...

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