Legal news from Saturday, December 1, 2012

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia (ACLU) [advocacy website] on Friday filed a suit [press release] to block the state's new abortion law from taking effect next month. The challenged law, HB 954 [text], bans abortions after 20 weeks and contains a narrow exception for medical emergencies. … [read more]

[JURIST] US Supreme Court [official website] on Friday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc. [cert. petition PDF; JURIST report], which deals with the issue of whether human genes are patentable. Myriad Genetics [corporate website] patented two genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2 [NCI backgrounder], … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Nevada [official website] on Monday denied a challenge [order] brought by eight same-sex couples who contended that the state's law restricting marriage to heterosexual couples violates the US Constitution's Equal Protection Clause [Cornell LII backgrounder]. In their lawsuit, … [read more]

[JURIST] A UN human rights expert declared [press release] on Friday that while Turkey has made progress in cracking down on extrajudicial killings, it still has a long way to go in remedying the problem. At the end of his official visit to Turkey, UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary … [read more]

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