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Legal news from Tuesday, September 13, 2011

[JURIST] The North Carolina Legislature [official website] on Tuesday approved putting a constitutional amendment [SB 514, PDF] to ban same-sex marriage on a statewide ballot to be voted on in May. The Republican-controlled Senate [official website] voted 30-16 to place the proposed amendment on the ballot. The Senate voted on … [read more]

[JURIST] Three authors groups on Monday sued [complaint, PDF; press release] HathiTrust [official website] and five universities in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] over the digitizing of millions of copyright-protected books. The universities received permission from Google [corporate website] to scan approximately … [read more]

[JURIST] Both the government of ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] and the newly formed National Transitional Council (NTC) [website] have committed war crimes during the conflict in the country, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] reported [text, in PDF] Tuesday. The report alleges the Gaddafi regime … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon [official profile; JURIST news archive] on Monday sent a report [text, in PDF] to the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) [official website] accusing Sri Lankan troops of killing tens of thousands of civilians during clashes with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) [JURIST news … [read more]

[JURIST] Egyptian protesters' recent attack on the Israeli Embassy has provoked the Egyptian government to reinstate emergency laws with expanded control over political demonstrations and media reporting. Emergency laws [Reuters report] will also apply to blocking roads, publishing false information and possessing weapons. Special security courts [Al Masry Al Youm … [read more]

[JURIST] The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) [advocacy website] on Tuesday filed an International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] complaint [text] against Vatican [official website] officials, including Pope Benedict XVI, for systematic sexual abuse and subsequent concealment of over 10,000 incidents. The group filed the complaint on behalf of clergy … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Military Commission Review [official website] on Friday ruled [text] that Ali Hamza Ahmad Suliman Al Bahlul [HRW profile; JURIST news archive], media secretary of Osama bin Laden [JURIST news archive], was properly convicted of being a propagandist and should spend the rest of this life … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit [official website] on Monday heard arguments over whether state courts can consider international law—and in particular, Sharia law—in their decisions. State Question 755 [text, PDF] allows state courts to look only to legal precedents of other states for guidance, provided … [read more]

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