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Legal news from Monday, February 24, 2014

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website; JURIST news archive] on Sunday condemned [press release] the recent escalating violence in Thailand and called for a cessation of violence, asking the government to bring all responsible parties to justice. Additionally, the Secretary-General urged all parties involved to respect human rights, and … [read more]

[JURIST] A Russian court on Monday sentenced seven anti-Putin protesters to up to four years in prison for rioting and inciting violence against police at a 2012 protest. The protesters were arrested [Guardian report] the night before Vladimir Putin's inauguration to his third term as president. At the protest in … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Monday on the federal government's power to regulate certain greenhouse gases. In United Air Regulatory Group v. EPA [transcript, PDF], which was consolidated with six other cases, the court has limited the grant of review to the … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday declined to hear rule on three new petitions that address the scope of the Second Amendment [Cornell LII backgrounder] of the Constitution. The Supreme Court denied the petitions [order list, PDF], two of which were filed by the National Rifle Association … [read more]

[JURIST] Ukraine's acting interior minister Arsen Avakhov on Monday said on his official Facebook page [Facebook, in Ukrainian] that an arrest warrant has been issued for the country's fugitive president, Viktor Yanukovich [JURIST news archive], for the mass killings of civilian anti-government protestors. In his statement, Avakhov said that an … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois [official website] on Friday ruled that same-sex couples in Cook County may be issued marriage licenses immediately rather than having to wait for the effective date of Illinois' same-sex marriage law [text, PDF] in June. After … [read more]

[JURIST] Turkey's parliament on Saturday passed a law granting itself greater control with respect to the judicial appointment process. Amid protests over suspected government corruption and violence inside parliament [Al Jazeera report] the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) [party website] pushed the bill though parliament, thereby granting the Justice … [read more]

[JURIST] Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Monday signed into law a bill criminalizing the promotion and recognition of homosexual relations. Reports indicate that first-time offenders will face up to 14 years in prison, while those charged with "aggravated homosexuality" will face life in prison. The law also requires Ugandans to … [read more]

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