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Legal news from Friday, January 17, 2014

[JURIST] A judge for the US Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan [official website] on Thursday rejected a proposed $165 million settlement agreement for the now-bankrupt city of Detroit to pay off UBS and Bank of America [corporate websites]. Referring to the agreement as financially imprudent [WSJ report], … [read more]

[JURIST] Judge Bernard McGinley of the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court [official website] on Friday struck down [opinion, PDF] the state's nearly two-year-old voter identification law, considered one of the most strict in the nation. In his opinion, MicGinley wrote that the state had failed to adequately explain [AP report] why the … [read more]

[JURIST] The Tulsa County Clerk's Office filed a notice of appeal on Thursday with the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit [official website] to overturn a district court ruling striking down Oklahoma's constitutional amendment [text] banning same-sex marriage. The district court judge ruled [JURIST report] on Tuesday that … [read more]

[JURIST] Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni [official website; BBC profile] refused to sign a bill [press release] proposed by the nation's Parliament [official website] that would toughen punishments for homosexuals in Uganda. The Anti-Homosexuality Bill was introduced [CNN report] in 2009 and the Ugandan Parliament passed the bill [JURIST report] last … [read more]

[JURIST] The prolonged execution of convicted murderer Dennis McGuire on Thursday has stirred a controversy over new drugs used to administer lethal injections. McGuire was convicted [AP report] in 1994 of raping and murdering a 22-year-old girl in 1989 and lost his appeal [text, PDF] to the Supreme Court of … [read more]

[JURIST] Madagascar's electoral court ruled on Friday that ex-finance minister Hery Rajaonarimampianina was properly elected president despite allegations that the election was rigged. The court ruled [Reuters report] that Rajaonarimampianina won 53.5 percent of the vote while his opponent Jean Louis Robinson, former health minister, won 46.5 percent. Controversy has … [read more]

[JURIST] Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine [official website] on Thursday filed notice of his plans to appeal to the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, [official website] a December ruling [text, PDF] that requires the state to recognize valid out-of-state marriages between same-sex couples on Ohio death certificates. … [read more]

[JURIST] Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen refused Thursday to ratify a law that would partially criminalize marital rape, calling it "un-Islamic." The law was passed [Minivan News report] by the Maldivian Parliament 67-2 last month. While the law would not have criminalized all cases of marital rape, it would have outlaw … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Thursday warned [press release] Syrian opposition groups that recent mass executions are in violation of international human rights, and that these acts may also constitute war crimes. Pillay claimed that she has received numerous reports from reliable eyewitness … [read more]

[JURIST] Ukraine lawmakers on Thursday passed legislation punishing by fines or arrest the blockading of public buildings, protesters wearing masks or helmets, the dissemination of Internet slander, and providing facilities or equipment for unauthorized meetings. Critics allege [Al Jazeera report] the laws were passed to suppress protests against President Viktor … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Committee on the Convention on the Rights of the Child [official website] on Thursday criticized the Vatican [official website] on the its handling of child sex abuse. During questioning in Geneva, committee member Sara Oviedo forced Vatican officials to acknowledge [AFP report] that the Holy See had … [read more]

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