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Legal news from Thursday, February 13, 2014

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] on Tuesday announced that Augustin Ndindiliyimana, the former chief of staff of the Rwandan parliamentary police, and Francois-Xavier Nzuwonemeye, the former commander of a military reconnaissance battalion, had been acquitted on appeal [judgment, PDF]. In May the trial chamber convicted … [read more]

[JURIST] Four married same-sex couples have joined with the Forum for Equality Louisiana [advocacy website] in filling a federal lawsuit [complaint, PDF] Wednesday challenging the Louisiana Constitution's prohibition [Article XIII section 15] against recognizing same-sex marriages performed legally in other states. The Louisiana Constitution as amended in 2004 defines marriage … [read more]

[JURIST] US Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) [official website] on Wednesday filed a lawsuit [complaint] against President Barack Obama, the Director of National Intelligence, the director of the NSA, and the director of the FBI [official websites] challenging the constitutionality of the NSA's surveillance program. The class action complaint seeks a … [read more]

[JURIST] Judge Terence Kern [official profile] for the US District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma [official website] issued a temporary restraining order on The Apothecary Shoppe in Tulsa [corporate website] to stop the pharmacy from providing an execution drug to the Missouri Department of Corrections [official website] for … [read more]

[JURIST] The main opposition party in Sri Lanka, The United National Party (UNP) [official website] released a statement Thursday demanding the Sri Lankan government conduct an investigation into alleged war crimes that occurred during the 26 year Sri Lankan Civil War [CFR backgrounder; JURIST news archive] that ended in 2009. … [read more]

[JURIST] The United States District Court of Maine [official website] ruled on Wednesday that a city ordinance banning people from panhandling in median strips of streets was unconstitutional. US District Judge George Singal [official profile] found [Reuters report] that the Portland, Maine ordinance's [city code] distinction between allowing people to … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on torture Juan Mendez [official profile] on Wednesday urged [news release] the Tajikistan government to implement policies and laws that have been previously adopted by the government in order to end torture and ill-treatment within the country. Mendez was encouraged by Tajikistan's response to his … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Kentucky [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday that Kentucky must recognize valid out-of-state marriages between same-sex couples living in Kentucky. The case was brought by four same-sex couples living in Kentucky, who had been legally married in … [read more]

[JURIST] Italy's Constitutional Court [official website, in Italian] on Wednesday struck down a drug law that tripled sentences for selling, cultivating or possessing marijuana. The constitutional court declared the law illegitimate [Reuters report] without further elaboration. The cannabis law was blamed for causing Italian prison overcrowding, and an estimated 10,000 … [read more]

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the ACLU of Missouri [advocacy websites] filed a lawsuit [text, PDF] on Monday in the 16th Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri [official website] on behalf of eight same-sex couples seeking recognition for their marriages, which were all performed out of state. … [read more]

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