Legal news from Tuesday, February 19, 2013

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday in Florida v. Harris [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that an alert from a well-trained narcotics detection dog certified to detect illegal contraband is sufficient to establish probable cause for the search of a vehicle. The ruling reversed the Florida Supreme Court … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Independent Expert on human rights and the environment John Knox [official profile] stated [press release] Tuesday that international governments must acknowledge and account for human rights when formulating environmental regulations. Knox delivered his remarks in Nairobi at the First Universal Session of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday in FTC v. Phoebe Putney Health Systems, Inc. [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that federal antitrust laws regulating competition among health service providers apply to an anticompetitive transaction in Georgia because the state law regulating the activity did not clearly articulate authority … [read more]

[JURIST] The Arkansas Senate [official website] on Monday voted 25-7 in favor of a bill [HB 1037, PDF] that would ban all abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy except in cases of rape, incest or to save the mother's life. The bill, commonly referred to as The Pain Capable Unborn … [read more]

[JURIST] An Iraqi judicial panel has rejected the Justice and Accountability Committee's recent decision to remove chief judge Medhat al-Mahmoud from office. The Committee decided remove al-Mahmoud [JURIST report] last over alleged ties to Saddam Hussein's Baath party [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The judicial panel, which reviews decisions made … [read more]

[JURIST] Former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] appeared before the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Tuesday to determine whether the case against him will proceed to trial. Gbagbo's lawyers urged the court to rule that the ICC does not have jurisdiction, and that … [read more]

[JURIST] The Federal Constitutional Court of Germany [official website, in German] on Tuesday ruled [judgment, in German] that same-sex couples in a civil union can legally adopt [press release, in German] the non-biological children of their partners. The challenge to the existing adoption rules [AP report] was brought by a … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Mexico [official website, in Spanish] on Monday published the written judgment [materials, in Spanish] for its December decision striking down Oaxaca's same-sex marriage ban. In its reasoning the Mexican high court compared the Oaxaca law to US legislation held to be unconstitutional in two US … [read more]

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