Legal news from Friday, April 15, 2011

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] en banc against same-sex adoptive parents seeking an amended Louisiana birth certificate that listed both unmarried men as the parents of the child. In 2006, Oren Adar and Mickey Ray Smith adopted their … [read more]

[JURIST] A former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee announced Friday that he is suing members of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak's regime over allegations that he was tortured by the government while in Egyptian custody. Mamdouh Habib, an Australian citizen, was arrested in Pakistan in 2001 following the 9/11 … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Friday found former Croatian Colonel General Ante Gotovina [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] guilty [judgment summary, PDF; materials] of several counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes for his involvement in the 1995 Operation Storm [BBC … [read more]

[JURIST] The Delaware House of Representatives [official website] voted 26-15 on Thursday in favor of a bill [SB 30 text] allowing same-sex civil unions [JURIST news archive] within the state. According to the legislation, individuals entering into a civil union "shall enjoy all the same rights, benefits, protections, and shall … [read more]

[JURIST] The Georgia General Assembly [official website] passed an Arizona-style immigration bill [HB 87 text; materials] on Thursday that requires police to check the immigration [JURIST news archive] status of anyone they have probable cause to believe has committed a criminal offense and requires businesses to use E-Verify [official website] … [read more]

[JURIST] Idaho Governor CL "Butch" Otter [official website] on Wednesday signed into law [recently signed bills, PDF] a bill that would prohibit most abortions [JURIST news archive] after 20 weeks of gestation. The bill had passed the state legislature [JURIST report] earlier this month. The new law allows for limited … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for Wisconsin's Dane County Circuit Court [official website] Thursday dismissed [opinion, PDF] a lawsuit that had challenged [amended complaint, PDF] a controversial state bill limiting the collective bargaining rights of public employee unions. Judge Maryann Sumi ruled that the two county officials who filed the complaint lacked … [read more]

[JURIST] The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan [official website] harshly criticized the Pakistani government Thursday for its poor human rights record and called on government officials to fix the human rights abuses occurring in the country. In its 2010 Annual Report [text, PDF], the group chronicles the repeated human rights … [read more]

[JURIST] A three-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official website] on Thursday dismissed [opinion, PDF] a constitutional challenge to the National Day of Prayer (NDP) [official website]. The decision overturns last year's decision [JURIST report] by the US District Court for the Western District … [read more]

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