Legal news from Saturday, June 30, 2012
15:06 EDT

[JURIST] Leaders of the US House of Representatives [official website] on Friday petitioned [text, PDF] the Supreme Court [official website] to uphold the constitutionality of Section 3 of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act [text], which limits the federal benefits of marriage to unions between a man and a woman. [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] President-elect of Egypt Mohamed Morsi was sworn in [press release] Saturday at the Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC) [offical profile] before the General Assembly of the court. In his speech, Morsi vowed that Egypt would continue on the right path toward democracy: "Today, Egypt has become a modern, constitutional and [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Saturday announced that it will not prosecute Attorney General Eric Holder [official profile] after the House of Representatives [official website] voted to hold him in contempt of Congress [JURIST report]. The House of Representatives found Holder in contempt [H. Res. 711 [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Saturday demanded [press release] that authorities in Kazakhstan [official website] publicly disclose their reasons for bringing new criminal charges against a group of labor activists and an oil worker who participated in an extended labor strike in 2011. The National Security Committee [read more]

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