Legal news from Tuesday, August 13, 2013

[JURIST] North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory [official website] on Monday signed [press release] a voter ID bill [HB 589; materials] into law that will require voters to present government-issued photo identification at the polls. The law will effectively roll back the early voting period [CBS report] and repeal one-stop registration … [read more]

[JURIST] Lawyers for the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Governor Tom Corbett [official websites] argued In a legal filing on Monday that a Montgomery County Register of Wills [official website] decision to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples is a separation-of-powers violation that "risks causing serious and limitless harm" in … [read more]

[JURIST] Russia's Constitutional Court [official website] on Tuesday received the first official complaint against the country's new law [JURIST report] which requires political non-governmental organizations (NGOs) receiving funding from abroad to register as "foreign agents." Kostroma Center was fined 300,000 rubles (USD $9,000) for organizing a roundtable with US diplomats, … [read more]

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official profile] announced [memorandum] on Monday that the Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] should avoid charging low-level, nonviolent drug offenders with no ties to gangs or drug cartels with crimes carrying mandatory minimum sentences. Holder outlined additional reforms as part of his new … [read more]

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