Legal news from Thursday, February 24, 2011

[JURIST] The Kansas House of Representatives [official website] on Thursday approved several new restrictions on abortion [JURIST news archive]. Bills 2035 [text, PDF] and 2281 [text, ODT] passed overwhelmingly, in voice votes of 96 to 25 [text, ODT] and 91 to 30 [text, ODT], respectively. If the bills are approved … [read more]

[JURIST] The trial chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Wednesday declined [press release] a request from lawyers for accused Congolese militia leader Thomas Lubanga Dyilo [case materials; JURIST news archive] to stay the proceedings against him. The trial chamber, in a confidential ruling, rejected contentions of … [read more]

[JURIST] A group of law professors asked Congress Wednesday to extend the Code of Conduct for United States Judges [text, PDF] to apply to the Supreme Court [official website]. In a letter [text, PDF] to the House and Senate Judiciary Comittees [official websites], more than 100 law professors representing 67 … [read more]

[JURIST] The number of hate groups in the US rose to more than 1,000 [press release] during 2010, according to a report [text] released Wednesday by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) [advocacy website]. The SPLC reports this is the first time that these types of groups have exceeded 1,000 … [read more]

[JURIST] Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie (D) [official profile] signed [official pres release] the same-sex civil unions bill [SB 232 text, PDF] into law on Wednesday, legalizing same-sex civil unions [JURIST news archives] in the state. The legislation will go into effect on January 1, 2012, and extends the same rights, … [read more]

[JURIST] The Indiana Senate [official website] on Tuesday approved a bill [SB 590 text; bill materials] by a vote of 31-18, proposing a strict illegal immigration [JURIST news archive] policy comparable to the controversial Arizona law [JURIST news archive]. The bill would require individuals suspected of being illegal to provide … [read more]

[JURIST] Former Libyan Justice Minister Mustafa Abel-Jalil on Wednesday alleged that Muammar Gaddafi [BBC report] ordered [Expressen report, in Swedish] the 1988 Lockerbie [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] bombing, according to Swedish newspaper Expressen [website, in Swedish]. During the 40-minute interview, Abel-Jalil, who resigned [AP report] earlier this week in … [read more]

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