October 23, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The governor of Idaho CL "Butch" Otter filed a petition Tuesday night asking for the entire US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to review an earlier Ninth Circuit ruling against the Idaho constitution's definition of marriage. The petition is a major positional change for Otter, coming two ...[read more]
October 23, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The Communist Party of China (CPC) announced a blueprint for judicial reform in a communique issued Thursday at the conclusion of the Fourth Plenary Session of the 18th CPC Central Committee. According to the communique, the CPC will institute legal reforms aimed at giving judges more ...[read more]
October 20, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The US Supreme Court granted certiorari in three cases Monday. In City of Los Angeles v. Patel the court has been asked to resolve a circuit split between the US Courts of Appeals for the Ninth and the Sixth Circuits regarding the constitutionality of hotel guest registry inspection ordinances ...[read more]
October 16, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Wednesday that an Arizona law that acted to deny bail to individuals in the US illegally and charged with a range of felonies was unconstitutional. Proposition 100, passed in 2006, prohibited bail for individuals charged with both "committing a ...[read more]
October 16, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The Arkansas Supreme Court struck down the state's voter identification law on Wednesday, finding it unconstitutional. Act 592 required "proof of identity in the form of a voter-identification card or a document or identification card showing the voter's name and photo issued by the United States, ...[read more]
October 13, 2014
by Peter Snyder
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key announced Monday a targeted review of the nation's legislation "in relation to foreign terrorist fighters." The four-week review will be led by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and, according to Key, "is likely to recommend that some urgent ...[read more]
October 13, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The US Embassy in Kyrgyzstan issued a press release Friday condemning proposed legislation that would ban "gay propaganda." According to Reuters the proposed bill would allow for fines and imprisonment up to one year for individuals found "'forming a positive attitude to untraditional sexual ...[read more]
October 9, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The Dutch Public Prosecution Service (OM) on Thursday summoned for interrogation far-right politician Geert Wilders on suspicion of making criminally discriminatory statements regarding Moroccans. According to OM he "is suspected of insulting a group of people based on race and inciting ...[read more]
October 9, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The Estonian Parliament, the Riigikogu, passed legislation Thursday legalizing same-sex partnerships. The act passed by a narrow 40-38 vote with another 23 lawmakers abstaining. The new law grants couples in same-sex partnerships similar rights as married couples, including legal protection for ...[read more]
October 6, 2014
by Peter Snyder
Oregon voters are set to vote this fall on Measure 91, which would legalize recreational marijuana in the state. Under the proposed initiative, recreational sale of marijuana would be governed by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, which would be granted the power to select licensees and ...[read more]

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