Legal news from Saturday, March 16, 2013

[JURIST] The Syrian regime is expanding its use of widely banned cluster bombs, according to a Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] report [text] released Saturday. According to the report, the Syrian military has used cluster munitions in 119 locations across Syria, dropping at least 156 bombs over the last … [read more]

[JURIST] The North Dakota legislature passed two bills Friday that would place strict limits on abortion, banning non-emergency abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected and barring terminations sought because of genetic abnormalities. HB 1305 and HB 1456 [text, PDF] will go before [WP report] Governor Jack Dalrymple [official website] … [read more]

[JURIST] The Maryland House of Delegates on Friday voted 82-56 [House vote] to ban the death penalty in Maryland. Senate Bill 276 [text, PDF] seeks to repeal "the death penalty and all provisions relating to it," and will prescribe sentences of life imprisonment for individuals convicted of first degree murder. … [read more]

[JURIST] Tribal Chairman Dexter McNamara [official profile] of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians [official website], a northern Michigan Native American tribe, on Friday signed into law the Waganakising Odawak Statute 2013-003 [text, PDF], a measure approving same-sex marriage. The law repeals Waganakising Odawak Statute 2007-001 [text, PDF] … [read more]

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