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Legal news from Wednesday, May 15, 2013

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder announced Tuesday that the Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation into allegations that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) [official websites] unfairly scrutinized tax-exemptions for conservative groups. The agency initially singled out groups with applications containing the names "Tea Party" or "Patriots," but expanded … [read more]

[JURIST] The chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court [official website] said Tuesday that her office will conduct a preliminary examination into the 2010 Israeli raid [JURIST news archive] on an aid flotilla bound for the blockaded Gaza strip in which nine civilians on a Turkish ship were killed. The … [read more]

[JURIST] A court in Bahrain [BBC country profile] sentenced six individuals to a year in prison on Wednesday for insulting King Hamad via Twitter [official website]. Since the nation's pro-democracy protests in Manama that began in February 2011, activists have used the social media site to report perceived violations. The … [read more]

[JURIST] A Guatemalan court on Monday ordered the government to apologize to the Ixil Maya, an indigenous people, for acts of genocide that were committed against them when former dictator Efrain Rios Montt [BBC profile; JURIST news archives] was in power. Montt was found guilty [JURIST report] on Friday of … [read more]

[JURIST] The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) [advocacy website] sued the South Carolina Department of Social Services (SCDSS) [official website], social workers and doctors on Tuesday on behalf of a couple whose adopted child underwent sex assignment surgery while in the state's custody. The child, M.C., was born with "ambiguous … [read more]

[JURIST] California Governor Jerry Brown [official website] and various state prison officials on Monday filed a notice of appeal [text, PDF] to the US Supreme Court [official website] from an April order requiring the governor to reduce California's prison population. In their April order, a panel of federal judges refused … [read more]

[JURIST] The Vermont House of Representatives [official website] on Monday approved a bill [S 77, PDF] that would allow a consulting physician to prescribe a lethal dose of medication to a terminally ill individual who meets certain criteria. For the first three years after its passage, the legislation will model … [read more]

[JURIST] Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton [official website] on Tuesday signed a bill [HF 1054 materials] into law making the state the twelfth to legalize same-sex marriage [JURIST backgrounder]. The bill was given final approval [JURIST report] in the Senate [official website] Monday after being approved [JURIST report] by the House … [read more]

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