Legal news from Monday, September 30, 2013

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] announced [press release] on Monday that it has filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] to bar North Carolina from implementing their recently-passed voting reform bill [HB 589; materials], stating that the stricter requirements will disproportionately effect minority groups. Particularly, the DOJ takes … [read more]

[JURIST] Civil rights advocacy groups Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the ACLU of Virginia [advocacy websites] on Monday filed [press release] a motion for summary judgment [text, PDF] requesting that a federal court act quickly to overturn Virginia's statutory ban on recognizing same-sex marriages. In the … [read more]

[JURIST] Illinois Cook County Circuit Court [official website] Judge Sophia Hall on Friday allowed two lawsuits [complaints, PDF] challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage to proceed to trial. This could permit Illinois state courts to decide whether same-sex couples will be allowed to marry in Illinois or have marriages … [read more]

[JURIST] An Indian court on Monday convicted Lalu Prasad Yadav, a former federal minister of India's state of Bihar and current MP, of corruption, criminal conspiracy and cheating. Yadav and 44 others were found guilty [AFP report] of conspiracy and cheating over a scam in the mid 1990s that siphoned … [read more]

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Monday upheld a one-year prison sentence against Hisham Kandil [Reuters backgrounder], the former prime minister of deposed leader Mohamed Morsi [JURIST news archive]. Kandil was imprisoned in April for failing to follow a court order [Reuters report] to re-nationalize a textile company sold by former … [read more]

[JURIST] Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan [official website, in Turkish; JURIST news archive] announced [press release] on Monday that Turkey will end a ban on women wearing traditional Islamic headscarves in public institutions. The lifting of the ban is part of a package of human rights reforms [ABC News … [read more]

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