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Legal news from Wednesday, February 26, 2014

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Texas [official website] ruled [opinion] Wednesday that Article 1, Section 32 [text] of the Texas constitution, which defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman, violates the federal constitutional guarantee of equal protection and … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 7-2 Wednesday in Chadbourne & Parke LLP v. Troice [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act of 1998 (SLUSA) [text, PDF] does not bar the plaintiffs' state law class action suit. The lawsuit was brought by the victims … [read more]

[JURIST] British police counter-terrorism forces announced on Tuesday the arrest of Moazzam Begg [Guardian backgrounder] in his hometown of Birmingham, England, along with three other individuals on suspicion of terrorism offenses related to the war in Syria [JURIST backgrounder]. Begg was a detainee at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder], and he … [read more]

[JURIST] Turkish President Abdullah Gul [BBC backgrounder] approved a law on Wednesday which increases government control over the appointment of judges and prosecutors in the country. The new law [Reuters report] grants the Ministry of Justice [official website] greater control over the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) [official … [read more]

[JURIST] Apple [corporate website] filed a brief [text, PDF] Wednesday with the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] asking the court to either overturn a ruling from last year that Apple violated anti-trust laws or grant a new trial in front of different judges. Apple argues … [read more]

[JURIST] The trial of the first suspect to be transferred from the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] to the Rwandan national court system began Wednesday. The Tanzanian-based UN tribunal transferred [JURIST report] Jean Bosco Uwinkindi [ICTR indictment, PDF] in April 2012 to stand trial for his role … [read more]

[JURIST] A municipal court in Russia on Tuesday sentenced several prominent Russian opposition leaders, including Aleksei Navalny [personal website, in Russian; JURIST news archive], to jail sentences of up to 10 days for participating in a rally near the Kremlin on Monday. More than 400 protesters were detained [NYT report] … [read more]

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official website] announced [video; press release] Monday that he is urging Congress to create a "strong national standard" requiring businesses to immediately notify consumers and law enforcement agencies when significant consumer data breaches occur. This announcement comes in the wake of two massive data … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 6-3 Tuesday in Kaley v. United States [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that a criminal defendant who has been indicted is not constitutionally entitled to contest a grand jury's finding of probable cause underlying a pre-trial seizure of assets. The US Court of … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] on Tuesday in Robers v. United States [transcript, PDF]. The case addresses the issue of whether a defendant who owes restitution for a fraudulently obtained loan returns a portion of the loan money by giving the lenders … [read more]

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