Legal news from Wednesday, December 12, 2012

[JURIST] The New Patriotic Party of Ghana (NPP) [party website] on Tuesday announced [press release] its plan to challenge the country's presidential election results after alleging that the victory of incumbent president John Dramani Mahama [BBC profile] was due to fraud. Though Mahama was declared the winner [AP report] of … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia [official website] on Monday lifted a preliminary injunction [order, PDF] blocking part of a Georgia immigration law that allows law enforcement officers to ask about immigration status when questioning suspects in criminal investigations. Judge Thomas Thrash's … [read more]

[JURIST] The House of Representatives [official website] two bills on Tuesday, known as "Freedom to Work," that makes payment of union dues voluntary and limits workers' rights to strike and picket. The legislation was quickly signed into law [press release] by Michigan Governor Rick Synder [official website]. The bills address … [read more]

[JURIST] The chief US military judge for the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] 9/11 military commission trial has approved [order, PDF] the US government's request for a protective order [ruling, PDF]. The order, made public Wednesday, effectively blocks the public's access to accused 9/11 [JURIST backgrounder] conspirators' testimony regarding the alleged … [read more]

[JURIST] Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Wednesday convicted [judgment, PDF; press release] former Bosnian Serb army commander Zdravko Tolimir [ICTY case materials; BBC profile] of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, sentencing him to life in prison. Tolimir, … [read more]

[JURIST] Justice Mohammed Nizamul Huq, a judge for the International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) [Facebook page] resigned from his position on Tuesday. Huq was the chairman of the tribunal's three-judge panel, and is a Justice for the High Court Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh [official website]. His resignation … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official website] on Tuesday invalidated a ban on carrying concealed weapons in Illinois, ultimately deciding [opinion, PDF] that the law is unconstitutional. Relying on the US Supreme Court [official website] decision in District of Columbia v. Heller [opinion, PDF], Judge … [read more]

[JURIST] The UK Minister for Women and Equalities [official website] announced [press release] Tuesday the Conservative [party website] government's intent to legalize same-sex marriage [JURIST backgrounder] in the coming year, with a provision that the state Church of England [religious website] will be barred from performing any marriages. Minister Maria … [read more]

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