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Legal news from Monday, January 6, 2014

[JURIST] A judge from the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania [official website] on Monday sentenced American-born Colleen LaRose, also known by her self-appointed pseudonym "Jihad Jane," to 10 years in prison for following al Qaeda [JURIST news archive] orders in a failed attempt to assassinate a … [read more]

[JURIST] US Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) [official website] filed a lawsuit Monday against the US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) [official website] in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin [official website] attempting to block the federal government from paying a portion of the Patient Protection and … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday temporarily blocked [order, PDF] the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses in Utah. The Utah Attorney General [official website] filed an application for stay [text, PDF] with the court last week to block same-sex marriages pending the state's appeal of a US … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Monday welcomed [press release] last week's decision by Nepal's top refusing to grant amnesty [JURIST report] for serious human rights violations committed during Nepal's civil war. Pillay declared the decision to be a "significant development" for the victims … [read more]

[JURIST] Thousands of UK criminal trial lawyers staged a half-day strike on Monday to protest planned government cuts to legal aid. The fee cuts, which would reduce their pay by as much as 30 percent [Bloomberg report], are part of an attempt by the government to lessen the country's deficit. … [read more]

[JURIST] The Islamabad Special Court trying former president Pervez Musharraf [BBC profile, JURIST news archive] on Monday granted Musharraf an exemption from personal appearance due to health issues, but has instructed authorities at the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC) [official website] to supply the court with his medical report … [read more]

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Monday demanded [press release] that Louisiana state officials immediately release former Black Panther Albert Woodfox [AI backgrounder], who has been detained in solitary confinement since 1972 after being charged and convicted of fatally stabbing a prison guard. Authorities first moved Woodfox to isolation … [read more]

[JURIST] Cambodian police on Monday released five activists arrested earlier in the day for petitioning the French Embassy to release 23 demonstrators held for opposing the government's labor and political framework. The release was reportedly conditioned upon the demonstrators' collective agreement [AP report] that they would not join in recent … [read more]

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