Legal news from Friday, September 13, 2013
16:09 EDT

[JURIST] The office of interim Egyptian President Adly Mansour [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] announced Thursday that the government is formally extending Egypt's state of emergency for two months due to security concerns. The interim government has sent military troops, tanks and armored personnel carriers into the city streets, claiming [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Kentucky Equality Federation [advocacy website] has filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] to overturn Kentucky's amendment [text] banning same-sex marriage [JURIST backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The constitutional amendment, passed in 2004 with approval of 75 percent of voters, allows only a marriage between man and woman to be valid [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Syrian government and pro-government forces were responsible for executing at least 248 people in the coastal towns of al-Bayda and Baniyas in early May of this year, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] stated in a report [text] released on Friday. The report is based on interviews with [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] The California State Assembly [official website] on Thursday approved a bill [HB 2189, text] that will allow some undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children to obtain driver's licenses. The bill, which the California Senate [official website] passed hours earlier, directs California's Department of Motor Vehicles to [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] California Governor Jerry Brown [official profile] on Thursday signed into law a bill [SB 105, text] that prevents the early release of inmates and allows the state to comply with a federal court order. The order requires the department to achieve a population of 137.5 percent of design capacity [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] A Pennsylvania judge on Thursday ordered [opinion, PDF] a Philadelphia court clerk to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The Montgomery County Register of Wills [official website] court clerk Bruce Hanes issued 116 marriage licenses to same-sex couples after the state's Attorney General Kathleen Kane [official website] said [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Friday warned [press release] that the forced evictions of people from makeshift camps in Mogadishu has led to human rights abuses. For the past two years, Mogadishu has been undergoing reconstruction, while tented camps continue being cleared for development. Some residents have been [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] Spanish lawmakers on Thursday passed amendments to Spain's freedom of information law that aim to combat political corruption. The amendments, which increase accountability for the use of public funds [Reuters report], include political parties, the royal family, lobbies, unions and employers' associations. The new law will require all levels [read more]

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