Legal news from Friday, August 30, 2013

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Oregon [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday that those placed on the US government's no-fly list have "a constitutionally-protected liberty interest in traveling internationally by air, which is affected by being placed on the No Fly List." The … [read more]

[JURIST] Portugal's Constitutional Court [official website, in Portuguese] struck down [decision, in Portuguese] an austerity measure Thursday that would have made it easier for the government to lay off civil servants. The revised law applied [WSJ report] to government employees deemed redundant and that had been unemployed for more than … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Central District of California [official website] held [opinion, PDF] Thursday that Title 38's exclusion of same-sex spouses regarding veteran's benefits is unconstitutional. Tracey Cooper-Harris, a 12-year Army veteran, sued the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) after it denied her fully … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon [official website] said Wednesday that Cambodia's Khmer Rouge tribunal, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website], is running out of money, threatening its survival. Ban urged [AP report] international donors to provide financial support to keep the tribunal running. Due … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Thursday announced [memorandum, PDF] that it will not interfere with states experimenting with marijuana legalization, so long as those jurisdictions practice strict regulatory schemes. Deputy Attorney General James Cole [official profile] issued a memorandum instructing federal prosecutors to focus their … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Thursday upheld [opinion, PDF] California's law [SB 1172, PDF] prohibiting licensed therapists from counseling minors with the intent to convert their sexual orientation from gay to straight. Two federal judges have split on the issue, with one … [read more]

[JURIST] State secretary at the Justice Ministry of Hungary Robert Repassy announced on Thursday that the government is proposing new constitutional amendments to reduce criticism over its 2012 constitutional amendments [BBC backgrounder]. Repassy stated that the amendments would contain [AP report] new rules on the recognition of religious groups, as … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Treasury Department [official website] announced [press release] Thursday that the Treasury, along with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) [official website] will now recognize the marriages of all same-sex couples for federal tax purposes. This recognition is to take place for legally-married couples living in all states, including … [read more]

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