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Legal news from Monday, January 13, 2014

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio [official website] on Monday refused to halt the execution of convicted Ohio murderer Dennis McGuire, who is scheduled to die by the administration of a never-before-tried drug that may potentially inflict pain. Ohio no longer has … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday rejected [order list] an appeal from Mohamed Ali Samantar [SCOTUSblog backgrounder; JURIST news archive], former Somali prime minister, who was ordered [JURIST report] to pay Somali torture victims $21 million in 2012. The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Monday in two cases. In NLRB v. Noel Canning [transcript, PDF; JURIST report] the court will decide: (1) whether the president's recess-appointment power may be exercised during a recess that occurs within a session of the Senate … [read more]

[JURIST] US Ambassador Stephen Rapp [official profile] called Sunday on Sri Lanka to investigate [press release] rights abuses by security forces during its civil war [JURIST news archive] with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam (LTTE) [CFR backgrounder]. After visiting Sri Lanka on a fact-finding mission, Rapp heard eyewitness accounts … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday declined to rule in Horne v. Isaacson [docket], bypassing its opportunity to rule on Arizona's new ban of abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancy. In 2012, the state defended the statute [text, PDF] by arguing that this stricter regulation would reduce … [read more]

[JURIST] Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan [official profile] signed the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act into law on Monday, prompting condemnation throughout the international community. The law bans same-sex marriage and criminalizes [AP report] homosexual associations, societies and meetings and carries a punishment of up to 14 years imprisonment. Though sodomy … [read more]

[JURIST] The Liberian Supreme Court on Friday barred Justice Minister Christiana Tah [official profile] from practicing law for six months, according to Liberia's state radio, after being found guilty of contempt. The ruling cited Tah's decision [AP report] to grant "compassionate release" to journalist Rodney Sieh, who was jailed last … [read more]

[JURIST] South African President Jacob Zuma [BBC profile] on Monday stated that the governing African National Congress (ANC) [party website] will not condone political violence. The statement came as 30 of his supporters [eNCA report], three minors and 27 adults, were expected to appear in the Nkandla Magistrate Court for … [read more]

[JURIST] Public Interest Lawyers (PIL) and the European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) [advocacy websites] on Sunday filed a formal complaint with the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] alleging that UK government and military officials engaged in "systematic" war crimes during the war in Iraq. According to … [read more]

[JURIST] A Saudi Arabian court on Sunday sentenced to death a member of an extremist group convicted of producing explosives used in a May 2004 suicide attack on a western company operating in Saudi Arabia's northwestern port city of Yanbu. According to reports, the court also handed down sentences ranging … [read more]

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