Legal news from Saturday, February 15, 2014

[JURIST] Turkey's parliament on Saturday passed a law giving parliament more control over how judges are appointed. Amid protests over suspected government corruption and even violence inside parliament [Al Jazeera report] the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) [party website] pushed through the bill giving the Justice Ministry more control … [read more]

[JURIST] The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) [official website] issued guidelines [text, PDF] on Friday for banks to provide services to legal marijuana-related businesses. The guidance document lists eight priorities in line with those of the Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] policy of marijuana law enforcement, including preventing the … [read more]

[JURIST] A spokesperson for the Ugandan government, Ofwono Opondo, said in a tweet [text] Friday that President Yoweri Museveni will sign an anti-gay law [press release] that provides for life imprisonment for homosexuals. Homosexuality has long been illegal in Uganda, and the bill was introduced to inflict harsher penalties for … [read more]

[JURIST] A spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Friday called on [press release] all parties involved in the violent protests in Venezuela to open dialogue to resolve the situation after three were killed in demonstrations on Wednesday. Protests against current … [read more]

[JURIST] Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev [official website] announced a decree [text, PDF, in Russian] on Thursday banning gay couples or single people from countries that legally allow same-sex marriage from adopting Russian children. The Russian government resolution [materials, in Russian] is purportedly aimed at helping to "improve the procedure … [read more]

[JURIST] The Mississippi House of Representatives [official website] approved a measure [HB 1400] on Thursday banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. According to the legislation, the bill was introduced out of concern that a fetus can feel pain by 20 weeks gestation. House member Andy Gipson [personal website], author … [read more]

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