Legal news from Tuesday, August 24, 2010
17:08 EDT

[JURIST] Turkish prosecutors on Tuesday announced plans to investigate claims by Eskisehir Police Chief Hanefi Avci that evidence of several alleged coups plots, particularly Ergenekon [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], was fabricated. Avci alleged in a book he recently published, Devotee Residents of Halich: Yesterday State, Today Religious Congregation, that [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] The California Senate voted 22-12 [roll call vote] Monday in favor of a joint resolution [AJR 19 text; materials] to urge the federal government to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) [text; JURIST news archive]. Among other concerns, the resolution states that, under the law, same-sex couples legally [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US State Department (DOS) [official website] on Monday released a report [text, PDF; press release] on human rights in the US, which was presented to the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights (UNHCHR) [official website] last week. The report was submitted in order to comply with the rules [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] Capital punishment advocates in Switzerland can begin collecting signatures in support of a referendum [text, in German] to reinstate the death penalty [JURIST news archive] for those convicted of murder, the Federal Chancellery [official website, in German] announced Tuesday. Campaigners for the referendum have until February 24, 2012, to [read more]

07:08 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] issued a preliminary injunction [opinion text] Monday blocking federal funding for embryonic stem cell [JURIST news archive] research. Last year, President Barack Obama signed an executive order [JURIST report] permitting federal funding for some forms [read more]

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