Legal news from Thursday, March 29, 2012
13:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] on Thursday denied the government leave to appeal [judgments in leave] a decision requiring them to turn over redacted documents providing information about Afghan prisoner treatment. The complaint [case information] was filed by University of Ottawa law professor Amir Attaran [faculty profile], [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] The New Hampshire Senate [official website] on Wednesday approved a bill [SB 409 text, PDF] to legalize medical marijuana [JURIST news archive]. The proposed law would allow the state to issue cards to patients with illnesses such as cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, MS and others. A prospective recipient of a [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] John Harris, former chief of staff to Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich [JURIST news archive], was sentenced to 10 days in prison this week in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois [official website] for his part in trying to sell President Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat. [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] published a report [report, PDF] Wednesday accusing the US Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) [official websites] of discriminating and committing rights abuses along the border between Mexico and the US. AI claims that discriminatory practices and harsh policies responding to immigration [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Russian lower house of Parliament, the State Duma [website], will consider a controversial bill introduced by lawmakers on Thursday that bans the spread of "homosexual propaganda" to minors. The bill calls for fines [AP report] of up to 500,000 rubles (USD $16,500) for promoting the homosexual lifestyle and [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Mali leaders announced on Thursday that they have drafted a new constitution following last week's military coup [JURIST report]. In a statement read on Mali state television, it was announced that the new constitution will allow citizens to demonstrate or go on strike and that it will provide immunity [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] An Oklahoma County judge struck down [order, PDF] on Wednesday a state law [HB 2780 text, RTF] requiring doctors to perform an ultrasound and describe a woman's fetus to her before she undergoes an abortion [JURIST news archive]. The Court held that the 2010 Ultrasound Act is unconstitutional and [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Wednesday heard the final day of arguments on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) [text; JURIST backgrounder] in the case of United States Department of Health and Human Services v. Florida [transcript; JURIST report]. In the morning [read more]

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