Legal news from Wednesday, December 11, 2013

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of India [official website]on Wednesday reinstated [judgment] an 1861 law prohibiting sex between consenting adults of the same sex, overturning a lower court decision. The law, Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, was passed during the British colonial era and calls for a 10-year sentence … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Wednesday in two cases. In Lozano v. Montoya Alvarez [transcript, PDF; JURIST report] the court will determine whether a district court considering a petition under the Hague Convention [text; JURIST news archive] for the return of an … [read more]

[JURIST] Uruguay's Senate [official website, in Spanish] on Tuesday passed a measure [text, PDF, in Spanish] to legalize the production, sale and consumption of marijuana. The bill, if signed into law by President Jose Mujica [official website, in Spanish], will make Uruguay the first country in the world [AP report] … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday in Kansas v. Cheever [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that the Fifth Amendment [text] does not prohibit the government from introducing evidence from a court-ordered mental evaluation of a criminal defendant to rebut that defendant's presentation of expert testimony in support of … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Tuesday in two cases. In the consolidated cases of Environmental Protection Agency v. EME Homer City Generation and American Lung Association v. EME Homer City Generation [transcript, PDF; JURIST report] the court is considering the authority of … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday in Sprint Communications, Inc. v. Jacobs [SCOTUSblog backgrounder; JURIST report] that the federal court did not have to delay proceedings while a similar state court proceeding was ongoing. The case dealt with the application of Younger v. Harris [opinion] … [read more]

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