Legal news from Sunday, February 9, 2014

[JURIST] Florida's highest court on Thursday ordered [Orlando Sentinel report] an evidentiary hearing to determine if the sedative midazolam should remain in the state's lethal injection procedure. The case of Paul Augustus Howell reached the state high court after a successful appeal to the US Court of Appeals for the … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN and the African Union (AU) [official website] have signed [press release] a joint agreement on the prevention of conflict-related sexual violence in Africa. The UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Bangura [UN profile], signed the document with Ambassador Smail Chergui [AU profile] of Algeria, … [read more]

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official website] announced [text, PDF] on Saturday that the federal government plans to give married same-sex couples the same benefits as heterosexual couples when filing for bankruptcy, testifying in court or visiting family members in prison. These benefits would allow same-sex couples to be … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Friday urged [press release] Tunisian authorities, in celebration of the country's new constitution, to quash the sentences of anyone convicted under laws that violate human rights, including Jaber Mejri. In March 2012, Mejri and another blogger, Ghazi Beji, were sentenced to more … [read more]

[JURIST] The National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] is collecting less than 30 percent of all Americans' phone records due to the inability to keep up with the increased use of cellular phones, according to disclosures made by current and former US officials on Friday. This contradicts the widely-held belief … [read more]

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