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Legal news from Wednesday, March 5, 2014

[JURIST] Lawyers for Planned Parenthood and the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) [advocacy websites] filed a federal lawsuit on Wednesday challenging an Arizona law [HB 2036 Materials] limiting the use of abortion-inducing drugs. Bryan Howard, the president of Planned Parenthood, stated [press release] that the regulation could deprive Arizona women … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday in Rosemond v. United States [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that defendants have to know in advance that their accomplices would use or carry a gun while committing a crime in order to be convicted under federal gun laws. Justus Rosemond was … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 7-2 Wednesday in BG Group v. Republic of Argentina [SCOTUSblog backgrounder], an international arbitration case that raises the question of whether, in disputes involving a multi-staged dispute resolution process, a court or the arbitrator determines whether a precondition to arbitration … [read more]

[JURIST] The Arizona House of Representatives [official website] approved a bill on Tuesday that would allow for unannounced inspections of licensed abortion clinics. The Republican-backed measure [HB 2284, text], which passed in the House 34-22, would delete a provision in a state law that mandates that an administrative warrant be … [read more]

[JURIST] More than 30 human rights and civil society organizations on Tuesday called for the arrest [press release] of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Tuesday was the fifth anniversary of his indictment [JURIST report] on five counts of crimes against humanity (murder, torture, rape, extermination, and … [read more]

[JURIST] The Alabama House of Representatives [official website] passed a bill [text HB 490] Tuesday that would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat detected. The measure passed by a vote of 73-29. A fetal heartbeat [Mayo Clinic backgrounder] can be detected as early as five weeks into pregnancy. Three other … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic [official website] on Wednesday urged [official report; press release] the international community to respond to recent and reoccurring crimes against humanity perpetrated by both government and non-government entities during the ongoing Syrian Civil War [JURIST backgrounder]. The … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin [official website] on Tuesday refused to block the state's ban on same-sex marriage pending outcome of a trial. Judge Barbara Crabb refused to grant the American Civil Liberties Union's (ACLU) [advocacy website] motion to enjoin enforcement … [read more]

[JURIST] Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear [official website] said [press release] Tuesday that the state will hire outside counsel to appeal a federal judge's order to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages to the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website]. Judge John Heyburn of the US District Court for … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that US courts could not be used to collect $9.51 billion in fines and legal fees that previously resulted in an Ecuadorian court's judgment against Chevron [corporate website]. Judge … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] on Tuesday in the case of Plumhoff v. Rickard [transcript, PDF] on whether the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit erred in denying qualified immunity to police offers who were found to have used unreasonable … [read more]

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