Legal news from Wednesday, March 27, 2013

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments Wednesday in United States v. Windsor [transcript, PDF; audio], the second of two cases the court heard this week on same-sex marriage [JURIST report; JURIST backgrounder]. In Wednesday's argument, the court considered the validity of Section 3 of the Defense … [read more]

[JURIST] Apple [corporate website] on Tuesday requested that the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] grant a new trial on damages [text, PDF] in its ongoing patent infringement dispute against Samsung Electronics [corporate website]. Judge Lucy Koh earlier this month reduced the jury's damages award … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] on Tuesday upheld the constitutionality [opinion, PDF] of a Florida city commission's pre-meeting prayers, in turn rejecting an atheist group's argument that such a public forum practice illegally promoted Christianity. Although the group, Atheists of Florida, Inc. (AOF) … [read more]

[JURIST] Son of ousted Kyrgyz president Kurmanbek Bakiyev, Maxim Bakiyev, was sentenced to 25 years on Wednesday by a Kyrgyz court. He was convicted [BBC report] of entering into several energy agreements that cost Kyrgyzstan hundreds of millions of dollars and found guilty of illegally privatizing public land surrounding a … [read more]

[JURIST] UK authorities' appeal to deport radical Islamist cleric Abu Qatada [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to Jordan was dismissed [text] on Wednesday after the Court of Appeal accepted arguments that Qatada would face testimony officials obtained via torture. Qatada is wanted in Jordan [AP report] on in absentia convictions … [read more]

[JURIST] An Egyptian appeals court on Wednesday overturned the November 22 decree [Daily News Egypt report] by Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] which dismissed [Al-Jazeera report] Prosecutor-General Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. Morsi had removed Mahmoud from office following the acquittal of some who had been charged with murdering … [read more]

[JURIST] Egyptian authorities on Tuesday extradited two former Libyan officials from the regime of Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive], ex-Cairo ambassador Ali Maria, and another ex-official, Mohammed Ibrahim Gadhafi, back to their home country. Both were arrested on corruption charges [AFP report] a week ago with Gaddafi's cousin … [read more]

[JURIST] Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell [official website] signed into law Monday legislation requiring voters in the state present photo identification prior to voting. The governor signed two bills [SB 1256, HB 1337] which established the new ID standards for elections. SB 1256 requires that voters present a photo ID that … [read more]

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[JURIST] North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple [official website] on Tuesday signed [press release] three laws, HB 1305, HB 1456 and SB 2305 [materials], which impose the nation's most severe restrictions on abortion. These new laws, respectively, ban abortion [JURIST report] for the purpose of gender selection or genetic abnormalities, ban … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday in Florida v. Jardines [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that an alert from a narcotics detection dog on the front porch of suspect's house constitutes a search within the meaning of the Fourth Amendment [Cornell LII backgrounder]. The ruling upheld the Florida … [read more]

[JURIST] The Maryland Senate [official website] on Monday voted 29-18 [legislative history] to approve a bill [SB 715, PDF] that would substantially expand the availability of driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants residing in the state. To be eligible to receive a driver's license, the applicant must provide proof of having … [read more]

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