Legal news from Saturday, June 29, 2013

[JURIST] A federal judge on Friday blocked [opinion, PDF] Michigan's ban on domestic partner benefits [Act 297 of 2011, text] for employees who work for public schools or local governments, saying the plaintiffs have demonstrated a likelihood of success on their equal protection claim by providing evidence of the state's … [read more]

[JURIST] United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Friday warned [press release] that recent appointments to Afghanistan's top human rights body compromise its independence, recommending that President Hamid Karzai [official website] reconsider the appointments and re-open the selection process. Earlier this month President Karzai appointed … [read more]

[JURIST] The U.S. military's highest court, the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces [official website], overturned the murder conviction of Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins III. The Court's decision [opinion, PDF] was based on the claim that Sgt. Hutchins's constitutional rights were violated when he was held in solitary confinement without … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Friday announced in a one-sentence order [opinion, PDF] that the ban on same-sex marriages "is dissolved effective immediately". This order comes after the Supreme Court's decision on Wednesday that upheld the invalidation of Proposition 8 [text, PDF; … [read more]

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