Legal news from Friday, January 3, 2014

[JURIST] The US government filed a motion [text, PDF] Friday asking the US Supreme Court [official website] to remove the stay [text, PDF] on the contraception mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) [text; JURIST backgrounder] that was put in place by Justice Sonia Sotomayor earlier this … [read more]

[JURIST] The California Supreme Court [official website] ruled [text, PDF] on Thursday that an immigrant in the country illegally may be admitted to the state bar. The court admitted Sergio Garcia based on a new California statute [Business and Professions Code section 6064, PDF] which grants the court discretion to … [read more]

[JURIST] A leader in Bangladesh's main Islamist party was charged on Tuesday in connection with war crimes during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War [Bangladesh News backgrounder] with Pakistan. Abdus Subhan, who was arrested last September, was formally charged after Bangladesh's International Crimes Tribunal (ICTB) conducted an investigation. However, human rights … [read more]

[JURIST] Former civil rights lawyer Lynne Stewart [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] was released from prison on Tuesday after a federal judge ordered the "compassionate release." Judge John Koeltl granted the motion [JURIST report] after it was filed Tuesday, finding that Stewart's terminal health condition qualified her for "compassionate release." … [read more]

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