Legal news from Thursday, October 31, 2013

[JURIST] Four service women and the Service Women Action Network (SWAN) [advocacy website] filed an amended complaint [text, PDF] on Thursday in their lawsuit against the US Army and the Department of Defense [official websites] in the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website]. The amended … [read more]

[JURIST] The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [text, PDF] on Wednesday in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin [official website] challenging the constitutionality of revisions to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) [text; JURIST backgrounder]. In July … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Virginia [official website] on Thursday overturned [text, PDF] a jury award against Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) [university website] for two student deaths related resulting from the university shooting on April 16, 2007 [Report of the Virginia Tech Review Panel]. Addressing the … [read more]

[JURIST] The Hawaii Senate [official website] on Wednesday approved a measure [text, PDF] to legalize same-sex marriage in the state. The legislation, which has been sent on to the House after a 20-4 vote [materials] in favor of the bill, recognizes marriages between people of the same sex and grants … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] called [press release] Thursday for restraint and respect for the rule of law in the wake of violent protests in Bangladesh. The statement echoes a nearly identical one [press release] issued in May, after 30 people were killed in protests in the province … [read more]

[JURIST] The Pennsylvania Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday that juvenile murderers who were subject to mandatory life sentences without the possibility of parole will not be resentenced if their cases were final before June 2012. The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [JURIST report] last year in … [read more]

[JURIST] Top UN and EU officials denounced the renewed plans for Israeli settlements [Reuters report] announced Wednesday by the Israeli Prime Minister's Office and Ministry of the Interior [official website, in Hebrew]. The plans include building more than 1,500 homes in Jewish settlements in east Jerusalem and the West Bank. … [read more]

[JURIST] Zimbabwe's highest court on Wednesday rebuked state prosecutors who have been pursuing actions against people for insulting President Robert Mugabe [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. The court said that this kind of prosecution only brought more disrespect to Mugabe, who has been Zimbabwe's president since the country's independence from … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Wednesday announced [press release] that it joined a lawsuit filed against United States Investigations Services LLC (USIS) [corporate website], the company charged with performing background investigations on potential employees of various federal agencies. The suit before the US District Court … [read more]

[JURIST] The Missouri Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday rejected the claim [opinion, PDF] of a deceased state highway patrol trooper's same-sex partner that the state's survivor benefits statute violated his equal protection rights under the Missouri Constitution by denying him benefits based on his sexual orientation. The appellant, … [read more]

[JURIST] A Spanish court on Wednesday convicted six men of piracy and sentenced one of them to 12-and-a-half years and the other to five to eight years in prison. The men, Mohamed Abdullah Hassan, Mohamed Aden Mohamed, Issa Abdullah Issa, Abdillahi Mohamed Gouled, Mohamed Said Ahmed and Hamoud Elfaf Mahou, … [read more]

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