Legal news from Thursday, August 15, 2013

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday that the Michigan law criminalizing begging is unconstitutional because it violates free speech rights. A person convicted under the Depression-era law is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 90 … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Indiana [official website] on Tuesday dismissed [opinion, PDF] a challenge to parts of Indiana's immigration law [SB 590 materials]. Union Benefica Mexicana [advocacy website] named the state of Indiana, the governor, the attorney general, three northwestern Indiana … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of California [official website] on Wednesday ended [order, PDF] legal challenges over Proposition 8 [text; JURIST news archive] California's now-defunct same-sex marriage ban. Supporters such as Protect Marriage [advocacy website] had argued that a sole judge lacked the authority to overturn a state constitutional amendment, that … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website] on Wednesday urged Hamas [BBC backgrounder] to halt all executions [press release] in the Gaza strip [BBC backgrounder]. According to the UN, the attorney general in Gaza announced that those executions stayed for Ramadan would recommence at the end … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] announced Wednesday that it will extend benefits to same-sex couples [press release] in compliance with the June 26 Supreme Court ruling that striking down [JURIST report] the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Likewise, those couples stationed in a jurisdiction that will … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon [official website] on Wednesday condemned [statement] the latest violent clashes in Egypt. While the situation in Egypt is ongoing and the UN is still gathering information on the day's events, the secretary-general admonished Egyptian authorities for ignoring his recent call for all sides to … [read more]

[JURIST] A group of labor prosecutors in Brazil named Samsung [corporate website] in a lawsuit over the company's substandard labor conditions in its Brazilian factories. Samsung is being asked to pay USD $108 in damages and to bear the cost of treatment [WP report] for employees with occupational diseases for … [read more]

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