Legal news from Thursday, June 13, 2013

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website] announced [press release] Thursday that the death toll in the Syrian conflict has now reached at least 93,000. According to the UN's data specialists, this estimate represents only recorded deaths where the name, location and date of death were … [read more]

[JURIST] Judge Edward Korman of the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York [official website] on Wednesday approved [order, PDF ] the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plan to make the Plan B [JURIST news archive] emergency contraceptive available over-the-counter to women of all ages. In an … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday in United States v. Davila [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that judicial participation in plea negotiations does not automatically require vacatur of a defendant's guilty plea. Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 11(c)(1) [text] provides that "[t]he court must not participate in [plea] … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously Thursday in Tarrant Regional Water District v. Herrmann [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that the Red River Compact [materials] does not preempt Oklahoma water laws. The Red River Compact regulates water rights from the Red River among the states of Texas, Oklahoma, … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously Thursday in American Trucking Associations, Inc. v. Los Angeles [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that federal law preempts certain provisions of an agreement that trucking companies must sign before they can transport cargo at the Port of Los Angeles. In an opinion … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously Thursday in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc. [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that a naturally occurring DNA segment is a product of nature and not patent eligible merely because it has been isolated. The court also found that synthetically … [read more]

[JURIST] Jordan's Parliament [official website] approved a treaty with the UK Wednesday that will lead to the deportation and fair trial of radical cleric Abu Qatada [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. The new treaty passed [AFP report] with support from both houses of parliament, provides for mutual legal assistance between … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Tuesday struck down [opinion, PDF] a law banning protests and demonstrations in the plaza of the US Supreme Court. Enacted in 1949, the law served to protect the grounds from vandalism but also prohibited … [read more]

[JURIST] The government of the Canadian province of Quebec [official website] introduced a bill Wednesday that would permit doctors to provide patients with medical aid to die. Quebec Social Services Minister Veronique Hivon [official profile] introduced the bill before the National Assembly [official website]. The proposed law [Bill 52, PDF] … [read more]

[JURIST] A federal judge on Tuesday struck down a Colorado law that would have required businesses to place marijuana related magazines behind counters. Judge Richard Matsch of the US District Court for the District of Colorado [official website] ordered [Reuters report] a permanent injunction against Amendment 64 [text, PDF] which … [read more]

[JURIST] The Russian State Duma [official website, in Russian] on Tuesday approveda bill that would criminalize the dissemination of materials supporting "non-traditional sexual relations" by a vote of 436-0, with one abstention. There are 450 seats in the lower parliamentary house, and critics believe this is a move towards reinforcing … [read more]

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