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Legal news from Wednesday, October 2, 2013

[JURIST] The Singapore Supreme Court [official website] on Wednesday again rejected a challenge [case summary, PDF] to an anti-gay law [Section 377A] criminalizing sexual conduct between men. This section outlaws any kind of sexual conduct between men, both in public and private. Those found guilty under the law can be … [read more]

[JURIST] A federal judge on Tuesday rejected constitutional challenges against a new Maryland firearm law that went into effect the same day. The Firearm Safety Act of 2013 [SB 281, PDF] limits certain assault weapons and removable magazines and requires safety training and fingerprint for potential buyers. While the recent … [read more]

[JURIST] A military judge on Tuesday refused to suspend the pretrial hearings in a case against five Guantanamo Bay prisoners related to the 9/11 [JURIST backgrounders] terrorist attack. Army Col. James Pohl [Miami Herald backgrounder; JURIST news archive] reasoned that the measures taken to respond to the defendants' concerns were … [read more]

[JURIST] Montgomery County Register of Wills [official website] D. Bruce Hanes on Tuesday appealed a lower court order [text] to cease issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court [official website]. Hanes, who began granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples following Attorney General Kathleen Kane's [official website] … [read more]

[JURIST] A Vietnamese court on Wednesday sentenced prominent dissident Le Quoc Quan [HRW backgrounder] to 30 months in prison for tax evasion. Quan's imprisonment sparked outrage [AFP report] from hundreds of protesters who believe the verdict was politically motivated and part of a widespread government crackdown on dissent. Quan, a … [read more]

[JURIST] A court in Ecuador on Tuesday began the country's first trial for crimes against humanity. Attorney General Galo Chiriboga charged [El Comercio report, in Spanish] nine army officers and a police general with the torture, sexual violence and forced disappearance of three opponents of the government in 1985. The … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website; JURIST backgrounder] issued an arrest warrant [document, PDF; press release] on Tuesday for a man accused of tampering with prosecution witnesses in a case against Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto [ICC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The ICC issued the warrant against Walter … [read more]

[JURIST] A group of independent UN human rights experts expressed concern [press release, PDF] Tuesday over the situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] and urged the transitional authorities to take urgent measures to protect the population from atrocity crimes and restore public order. There … [read more]

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