Legal news from Thursday, June 6, 2013

[JURIST] The House Armed Services Committee [official website] on Thursday approved the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) [HR 1960, PDF], which would keep the detention center at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] open despite President Barack Obama's renewed statements that he will close it. According to the official summary [text, … [read more]

[JURIST] The Federal Constitutional Court of Germany [official website, in German] ruled [judgment, in German] Thursday that couples in same-sex civil unions should be awarded the same income tax benefits [press release, in German] as married couples. This ruling is a retroactive interpretation of the Civil Partnership Act of 2001 … [read more]

[JURIST] The National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] is collecting call data from Verizon customers under a top secret court order [text] published by The Guardian [text] Wednesday. The court order, granted by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to the FBI in April, requires Verizon to turn over information … [read more]

[JURIST] The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Wednesday expressed frustration and disappointment over the situation in Darfur [JURIST news archive]. Presenting the ICC's briefing [text, PDF] to the UN Security Council [official website], Fatou Bensouda characterized the situation as having "gone from bad to … [read more]

[JURIST] The UK government on Wednesday reached a settlement agreement with thousands of Kenyans tortured by British colonial forces during the 1950s. Negotiations began last October after the Queen's Bench Division [official website] on the High Court of England and Wales ruled [JURIST report] that three elderly Kenyans could sue … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] ordered [text] Wednesday that the two-pill variety of the emergency contraceptive known as Plan B [official website] be made immediately available to all individuals regardless of age. A one-pill version will continue to be subject to age restrictions … [read more]

[JURIST] Staff Sergeant Robert Bales pleaded guilty to the premeditated murder of 16 Afghan civilians on Wednesday in order to comply with a plea deal and avoid the death penalty. Bales admitted [Reuters report] to leaving his post last March in the Kandahar province in order seek out and murder … [read more]

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