Legal news from Friday, January 6, 2012

[JURIST] Retired Turkish general Ilker Basbug, formerly the leader of all of Turkey's armed forces, was arrested on Friday for his alleged involvement with the Ergenekon [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] network. The group allegedly planned to assassinate prominent members of Turkey's Christian and Jewish minority groups, blame Islamic terrorists … [read more]

[JURIST] The FBI (FBI) and the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official websites] announced an official update of the federal government's definition of rape [press release] to include the violation of "any person" rather than the previous definition that only covered women. The previous definition had been unchanged for 85 … [read more]

[JURIST] Internet restrictions [Law 317-3 text, in Russian] passed in February 2010 are set to go into effect in Belarus on Friday, amid international criticism. The law creates several tiers of limitations on the Internet. Anyone who owns a shared connection, or a CyberCafe, must monitor all users to insure … [read more]

[JURIST] The Federal Courts Jurisdiction and Venue Clarification Act (JVCA) [text, PDF; materials] took effect Friday after being signed into law by US President Barack Obama [official website] last month. According to the House Judiciary Committee Report [text, PDF], the purpose of the law is to clarify federal jurisdiction statutes … [read more]

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] on Thursday filed a challenge [complaint, PDF; press release] to Michigan's new law [HB 4770 text, PDF] prohibiting public employers from providing medical or other fringe benefits to their employees' domestic partners. Governor Rick Snyder [official website] signed the legislation [JURIST … [read more]

[JURIST] An Iowa District Court [official website] on Wednesday ordered [judgment, PDF] that the Iowa Department of Public Health [official website] must include both names of married same-sex parents on children's birth certificates. Melissa and Heather Gartner sued the Iowa Department of Public Health after officials refused to include the … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge in the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Thursday dismissed [order, PDF] a lawsuit brought by a former State Department [official website] employee demanding diplomatic immunity against charges she participated in the kidnapping and rendition of a terrorism suspect abroad. The former … [read more]

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