Legal news from Wednesday, November 6, 2013

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Wednesday in two cases. In Town of Greece v. Galloway [transcript, PDF; JURIST report] the court heard arguments on whether legislative prayer violates the First Amendment [text], specifically the Establishment Clause. On appeal from the US Court … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website; JURIST news archive], urged [press release] the Bangladesh government on Wednesday not to carry out the death sentences of 152 paramilitary soldiers [JURIST report] under reports of due process violations leading up to the trial. Pillay claims the soldiers, … [read more]

[JURIST] Cross-examination of the Pakistani-based businessman responsible for selling the boat engine used by the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) [CFR backgrounder] terrorists in the 2008 Mumbai attacks [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] was held on Wednesday before Pakistan's Anti-Terrorism Court. The merchant, Mohammed Ali, sold the boat engine to the 10 LeT … [read more]

[JURIST] The city of Detroit on Tuesday asked [motion, PDF] Judge Steven Rhodes to approve a plan where the city will borrow $350 million in order to pay down interest rates and improve city services. The loan was approved by Barclays PLC [corporate website] but requires judicial approval under Chapter … [read more]

[JURIST] The Cairo Court for Urgent Matters on Wednesday upheld its September ruling [JURIST report] to ban the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood [BBC backgrounder, JURIST news archive] in Egypt and confiscate all assets of the Islamist group. Earlier this week the Egyptian authorities formed a committee [AP report] … [read more]

[JURIST] Colorado voters on Tuesday approved Proposition AA [text, PDF], which levies a tax on all sales of recreational marijuana in the state. The tax will consist of a 15 percent excise tax that will go to fund public school construction projects and a 10 percent state sales tax, a … [read more]

[JURIST] The genocide trial for former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt [JURIST news archive] will continue in January 2015, according to a Guatemalan court official. In May Rios Montt was found guilty of the genocide, torture and rape of 1,771 indigenous Ixil Mayans during his 1982-83 rule and was sentenced … [read more]

[JURIST] The Illinois House of Representatives [official website] voted [roll call] on Tuesday to legalize same-sex marriage [JURIST backgrounder]. The bill [SB 10, PDF], known as the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act Illinois, passed the state senate in February [JURIST report]. Although the bill allows same-sex couples to marry, … [read more]

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