Legal news from Saturday, May 4, 2013

[JURIST] The Iowa Supreme Court [official website] unanimously ruled [text, PDF] on Friday that the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) [official website] must list both spouses of a same-sex couple on their children's birth certificates. Melissa and Heather Gartner sued the IDPH after officials refused to include the name … [read more]

[JURIST] China's Nanjing Intermediate People's Court issued a life sentence on Saturday to Huang Sheng, the former provincial deputy governor of Shandong Province, for accepting almost $2 million in bribes from 21 organizations and numerous individuals between 1998 and 2011. In addition to life imprisonment, Sheng was also stripped of … [read more]

[JURIST] The Florida House and Senate [voting records, PDF] both passed a bill (HB 7013) [PDF] on Friday to extend the state's early voting period. The bill revises election law to allow elections supervisors to hold 14 days of early voting [Reuters report] instead of the current maximum amount of … [read more]

[JURIST]The UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Christof Heyns [official website] urged Mexico's Government on Friday to increase protections for human rights [press release], particularly reducing the need to use force and reducing the military's involvement in policing. Heyns stated that establishing a strong law enforcement system … [read more]

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