Legal news from Sunday, June 30, 2013

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] urged [press release] European Union's High Representative Catherine Ashton [official profile] and other EU [official website] member states' representatives to condemn Saudi Arabia for recently convicting seven governmental critics of inciting protests through Facebook. The men were detained for a year and a … [read more]

[JURIST] The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) [advocacy website], a Christian legal advocacy group, filed an emergency petition [text, PDF] on Saturday, stating that the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit's [official website] recent decision lifting California's ban on gay marriage was not legal and was decided prematurely. This … [read more]

[JURIST] A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit [official website] on Friday ruled [opinion, PDF] that a Fremont, Nebraska ordinance [text, PDF] that bans renting to undocumented immigrants is constitutional. The panel held that the ordinance does not have an "impermissible effect by removing … [read more]

[JURIST] Russia President Vladimir Putin [official website, in Russian] on Sunday signed into law a bill banning the promotion of "homosexual propaganda" among minors. The law also imposes fines [AFP report] of up to 5,000 rubles ($166) and creates the power to suspend legal entities for 90 days for citizens … [read more]

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