Legal news from Tuesday, December 14, 2010
13:12 EDT

[JURIST] Three former service members discharged under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) [10 USC § 654; JURIST news archive] filed a complaint [text, PDF] against the Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] Monday, seeking reinstatement and the declaration that their discharges under the statute, and the statute itself, are unconstitutional. [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) [advocacy websites] filed a joint expert opinion [text, PDF] Tuesday urging a Spanish court to open an investigation into six former Bush administration officials for their roles in the torture [JURIST news archive] [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] An Alaskan Superior Court judge on Monday refused to block a law requiring parental notification for women under the age of 18 to have an abortion [JURIST news archive], allowing the law to take effect Tuesday. The law was approved by voters in August but was challenged [complant, PDF] [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] A UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] expert on Monday urged Myanmar's military government to release 2,202 political prisoners [statement]. Tomas Ojea Quintana [official profile; JURIST news archive], a UN Special Rapporteur, called for the release of the "prisoners of conscience," many of whom, according to Quintana, suffer [read more]

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