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Legal news from Wednesday, January 22, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

Six same-sex couples and the Equality Florida Institute filed a lawsuit in a Florida state court on Tuesday seeking to overturn the state's ban on same-sex marriage marriage. The lawsuit argues that Florida's marriage laws violate the US Constitution by denying same-sex couples the legal protections and equal dignity that having the freedom …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday accused the US of undermining efforts to try the Syrian government and its president Bashar al-Assad in the International Criminal Court (ICC). In its World Report 2014, HRW said the US focused too much on peace talks with Syria rather …

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by Peter Snyder

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay issued statements Tuesday urging Ukrainian protesters to use restraint and calling on both the government and protesters to work towards constructive dialogue to diffuse the rising tension and violence that has gripped the nation. Protests began in November after the Ukrainian …

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by Peter Snyder

The Supreme Court of Virginia on Tuesday declined to reconsider the court's 2013 overturning of a wrongful death verdict against the commonwealth stemming from the 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech. The attorney for two of the victims Erin Peterson and Julia Pryde informed …

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by Benjamin Minegar

A unanimous three-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday held that, pursuant to the equal protection clause, sexual orientation is not a permissible basis upon which to exclude jurors during the federal "voir dire," or jury selection, process. SmithKline Beecham filed suit against Abbott Laboratories in federal court …

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by Benjamin Minegar

A three-judge panel for the Supreme Court of India ruled Tuesday that a death sentence can be commuted to a life sentence based upon the government's delay. In ruling, the court nullified the death sentences of 15 prisoners, some of whom were convicted of aiding in the murder of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi and …

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by Samuel Franklin

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday affirmed the case of Kostick v. Nago without issuing an opinion, upholding the Hawaii state legislature's redistricting plan. The case was on appeal from the US District Court for the District of Hawaii, which ruled in favor of the redistricting plan. The plan's opponents claimed the …

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by Samuel Franklin

The Council of State, Greece's top administrative court, on Monday ruled that the country's wage cuts for police, military and firefighters as part of its austerity measures are unconstitutional. The Greek government was required to make certain cuts as a condition of its international bailout plan. According to recent reports, the decision was leaked [FT …

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by Theresa Donovan

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), in conjunction with a private law firm, filed a lawsuit in the Third Judicial District Court for the State of Utah Salt Lake County on Tuesday on behalf of four same-sex married couples in Utah. The couples were legally married in Utah after a judge for the …

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by Theresa Donovan

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a collective bargaining case as well as a laches case on Tuesday. In Harris v. Quinn the court heard arguments on whether a state can "compel personal care providers to accept and financially support a private organization as their exclusive representative to …

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