Legal news from Tuesday, February 26, 2013
15:02 EDT

[JURIST] Attorneys for Edith Windsor [NYT profile], the respondent in US v. Windsor [docket], filed a brief [text, PDF] with the US Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday arguing that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) [text; JURIST news archive] is unconstitutional. Windsor, the surviving spouse of a same-sex couple, [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] Judge Gerard van Ham of The Hague District Court on Tuesday rejected a request to block the extradition of suspected al Qaeda [GlobalSecurity backgrounder; JURIST news archive] terrorist Sabir Khan to the US. Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten [official website] gave final approval for Khan's extradition in December after the [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Ivory Coast national army is committing human rights violations against supporters of former president Laurent Gbagbo [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] reported [text, PDF; press release] Tuesday. According to AI, the national army, formed by President Alassane Ouattara [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Hungary [official website, in Hungarian] on Tuesday struck down [judgment, PDF, in Hungarian, press release, in Hungarian] a law that outlines how churches are given official designation, finding that it was too political. Under the law, only Parliament could give churches official status. The law [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] A group of UN independent experts on Monday urged [press release] the government of Honduras to increase its oversight of the 706 registered and numerous unregistered private security companies operating in the country. The Working Group on the use of mercenaries [official website], recently returned from a five-day mission [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] Sri Lankan authorities are using rape as a technique to extract confessions from suspected members or supporters of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) [JURIST news archive], Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [text] Tuesday. The LTTE opposed the Sri Lankan government during the country's 26-year, [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] Judge Consuelo Marshall of the US District Court for the Central District of California [official website] on Monday allowed a US Army veteran's challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) [text; JURIST news archive] to move forward. Marshall refused to dismiss [AP report] the lawsuit despite the Department [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] granted certiorari in two new cases [order list, PDF] on Monday. In Burt v. Titlow [cert. petition, PDF; docket] the court will consider several issues surrounding ineffective counsel under the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 (AEDPA) [text]. In the case, [read more]

07:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] in two cases [JURIST report] on Monday. First, the court heard McQuiggin v. Perkins [transcript, PDF] and considered if "actual innocence" is an exception to not pursuing a timely habeas claim under the Antiterrorism and Effective Death [read more]

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