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Legal news from Thursday, April 5, 2012

[JURIST] Chief Judge James Ware of the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] on Tuesday declared that the denial of insurance benefits to the same-sex spouse of a federal court employee is discriminatory [San Francisco Chronicle report]. Specifically, Ware ruled that the California Administrative Office … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights [official website] Kyung-wha Kang [official profile] said Wednesday that Chad has made significant progress [press release] in its human rights improvements, but that the Chadian government must continue to work on key shortcomings in order to ensure the rights of its … [read more]

[JURIST] Suriname [official website, in Dutch] lawmakers approved legislation Wednesday that pardons President Desi Bouterse for offenses committed in defense of the state during an earlier dictatorship, despite opposition arguments that the president's trial should continue. The National Assembly approved the legislation by a vote of 28-12 [AP Report] which … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Chile [official website, in Spanish] ruled [text, PDF, in Spanish] Wednesday that a hydroelectric dam in Patagonia does not violate the constitutional rights of the environmental groups opposing the project. Several environmental advocacy groups, including Chile Sustentable [advocacy website, in Spanish] challenged a ruling of … [read more]

[JURIST] Libya's National Transitional Council [official website] on Thursday refused a request from the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] to hand over Saif al-Islam Gaddafi [JURIST news archive], the son of former leader Muammar Gaddafi. Libyan officials have stated they will keep Saif al-Islam prisoner and he will stand … [read more]

[JURIST] The Connecticut State Senate [official website] on Thursday passed SB 280 [text, PDF], a bill which would end the sentencing of future Connecticut criminals to the death penalty. The bill was passed by a vote of 20-16 and is expected to be passed by the Connecticut House of … [read more]

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official profile] said Wednesday that the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] will respond to a federal appellate judge in Texas who demanded a letter recognizing the federal courts' authority to strike down laws that are passed by Congress. On Tuesday, the US … [read more]

[JURIST] The Chilean House of Deputies [official website, in Spanish] passed an anti-discrimination law [press release, in Spanish] on Wednesday in response to the killing of a 24-year-old gay man, Daniel Zamudio, by a group of alleged neo-Nazis in Santiago, Chile. The lawmakers passed the law by a vote of … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit [official website] heard arguments [hearing materials] on the constitutionality of Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) [text; JURIST news archive] Wednesday, in the first appellate hearing on the law. Although the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official … [read more]

[JURIST] Former commander of the Bosnian Serb Army Ratko Mladic [ICTY case materials; JURIST news archive] pleaded not guilty to all charges in a pre-trial brief [text, PDF] released Wednesday by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website]. Mladic is not obligated to put forth his … [read more]

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