Legal news from Thursday, November 28, 2013

[JURIST] A Russian court on Thursday granted bail to Australian Colin Russell, one of the 30 Greenpeace International [advocacy website] crew members detained since their September protest against Arctic oil drilling. Greenpeace says Russell will be released [RFP report] from prison as soon as the court accepts the organization's two-million-ruble … [read more]

[JURIST] The Italian Senate [official website, in Italian] voted on Wednesday to expel Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] from parliament, effective immediately, following his conviction [JURIST report] for tax fraud. Berlusconi could face prosecution for other crimes now that his immunity has been lost. As a … [read more]

[JURIST] The Belgian Senate committee [official website, in Dutch] on Wednesday voted in favor of passing a controversial bill that aims to extend the right to request euthanasia to children with terminal illnesses and adults with dementia. Although still not yet a law, the bill cleared the committee in a … [read more]

[JURIST] A lawyer representing two same-sex couples in Texas announced on Wednesday that a complaint is filed [text] in the US District Court for the Western District of Texas [official website] challenging Article 1, Sec. 32 [text] of the state's constitution that bans marriage between same-sex partners. Texas passed the … [read more]

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