Legal news from Tuesday, February 18, 2014

[JURIST] A panel of five judges for the UK Court of Appeal [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF] Tuesday that UK laws do allow for whole life prison sentences, despite a July European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruling [judgment, PDF] finding whole life sentences violate human rights, unless … [read more]

[JURIST] Thailand's National Anti-Corruption Agency [official website, in Thai] on Tuesday formally charged [text, PDF, in Thai] Prime Minister Yingluck Sinawatra [BBC profile] with neglect of duty relating to management of the country's multi-billion dollar rice-subsidy program. The charges allege [WSJ report] that Shinawatra failed to adequately address reports of … [read more]

[JURIST] The Indiana Senate [official website] on Monday approved [text] a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would prohibit same-sex marriage in the state. The largely Republican Senate approved the amendment, sent from the Indiana House of Representatives after a change that removed a ban on same-sex civil unions, … [read more]

[JURIST] The Philippines Supreme Court [official website] ruled Tuesday the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 (Act) [text], which penalizes libel online, is constitutional, despite a number of petitions challenging the law [materials] on the grounds that it unjustly limits citizens' rights including free speech. The Act combats various online crimes … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme People's Court of Vietnam [official website, in Vietnamese] on Tuesday upheld the conviction of US-trained lawyer Le Quoc Quan [HRW backgrounder], a known anti-government activist. The appeal [AP report] was heard over a half-day trial with the court stating that they had found no new evidence and … [read more]

[JURIST] Former Pakistani prime minister Pervez Musharraf [BBC profile] made his first appearance in Pakistani court on Tuesday to answer charges of treason related to his suspension of the constitution and use of emergency powers in 2007. Musharraf has repeatedly delayed appearing in court, first based [Reuters report] on fear … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Georgia [official website] heard arguments on Monday regarding the constitutionality of a law allowing the state to withhold the identities of the manufacturers of Georgia's lethal injection drugs. Last May, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal [official website] signed into law HB 122 [PDF], which included a … [read more]

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