Legal news from Wednesday, January 22, 2014

[JURIST] Six same-sex couples and the Equality Florida Institute [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF; press release] 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 … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Tuesday accused [press release] the US of undermining efforts to try the Syrian government and its president Bashar al-Assad [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] in the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website]. In its World Report 2014 [text, PDF], HRW said the … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] issued statements [UN News Centre report] 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 … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Virginia [official website] on Tuesday declined to reconsider the court's 2013 overturning [WP report] of a wrongful death verdict against the commonwealth stemming from the 2007 shooting [Report of the Virginia Tech Review Panel; PDF] at Virginia Tech [official website]. The attorney for two of … [read more]

[JURIST] A unanimous three-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Tuesday held [opinion, PDF] 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. … [read more]

[JURIST] A three-judge panel for the Supreme Court of India [official website] 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 [BBC report] of 15 prisoners, some of whom were convicted of aiding … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday affirmed [order, PDF] 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 [official website], which ruled [opinion] in … [read more]

[JURIST] The Council of State [official website], 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 [AFP report] to make certain cuts as a condition of its international bailout … [read more]

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website], in conjunction with a private law firm, filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] in the Third Judicial District Court for the State of Utah Salt Lake County [official website] on Tuesday on behalf of four same-sex married couples in Utah. The couples … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] in a collective bargaining case as well as a laches case on Tuesday. In Harris v. Quinn [transcript, PDF; JURIST report] the court heard arguments on whether a state can "compel personal care providers to accept and … [read more]

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