Legal news from Thursday, February 20, 2014

[JURIST] Egypt put three Al Jazeera [media website] journalists on trial on Thursday for allegedly aiding a terrorist organization and spreading false news. All three men, Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, pleaded not guilty [Reuters report] to the charges. Al Jazeera has stated that the accusations are absurd … [read more]

[JURIST] A US District Judge on Wednesday said that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed [BBC profile, JURIST news archive], who is being held at a detention facility at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] can answer written questions from the lawyers preparing to defend Sulaiman Abu Ghaith [JURIST news archive], Osama bin Laden's son-in-law, … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the Third Judicial District Court of Nebraska [official website] on Wednesday struck down [decision, PDF] a law that allowed the controversial Keystone XL pipeline to pass through the state. The law, LB 1161 [text, PDF] was passed by the Nebraska legislature in 2012 and amended the … [read more]

[JURIST] Nine same-sex couples on Wednesday filed suit in a state court in Denver, Colorado challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage. The couples argued that the ban violates their constitutional rights of equal protection and due process. Amendment 43 [text, PDF] of Colorado's state constitution, passed by voters in … [read more]

[JURIST] The South Dakota House of Representatives [official website] passed a bill on Wednesday that would prohibit individuals from having abortions based on the gender of the fetus. Representative Jenna Haggar [personal website] is the lead sponsor of the bill, which opponents argue [AP report] will be impossible to enforce. … [read more]

[JURIST] The Cortes Generales [official website, in Spanish], the bicameral parliament of Spain, on Thursday rejected [official press release, in Spanish] a proposed referendum that would have allowed the Catalonia region [official website] to vote on whether the autonomous community should become an independent state or remain a part of … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Wednesday prompted [press release] Central African Republic (CAR) [CIA Factbook] leaders to remember their legal obligations and stressed that they are personally accountable for human rights violations or crimes against humanity resulting from their actions or omissions. Pillay … [read more]

[JURIST] The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) [official website] announced [text] Wednesday that it will not appeal the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] decision striking down [opinion, PDF; JURIST report] the FCC's rules requiring broadband providers to employ nondiscriminatory practices in the treatment of … [read more]

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