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Legal news from Thursday, March 6, 2014

[JURIST] Four same-sex couples filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] in Wyoming state court on Wednesday challenging the constitutionality of the state's restriction of marriage to one man and one woman. The couples, along with the civil rights advocacy group Wyoming Equality [advocacy website], are challenging Wyoming's law [text] banning same-sex … [read more]

[JURIST] A group of UN independent experts on Thursday asked Venezuela's government to provide a clear answer to allegations of arbitrary detention and excessive force against journalists, media workers and demonstrators during the country's recent protests. The group, which included Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right … [read more]

[JURIST] Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan [official website] is encouraging county clerks statewide to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Madigan's actions are a result of a ruling [JURIST report] by the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois [official website] that same-sex couples in Cook County … [read more]

[JURIST] Turkey's Constitutional Court [official website, in Turkish] on Thursday ruled in favor of retired general Ilker Basbug's [personal website, in Turkish; JURIST news archive] appeal against his sentence for life imprisonment. The ruling may allow for his release [Reuters report] by the lower court and set a precedent for … [read more]

[JURIST] Saadi Gaddafi, son of former Libyan leader Col. Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive] was extradited [press release, in Arabic] from Niger back to Libya Thursday to stand trial for crimes allegedly committed during his father's rule. Saadi is the most recent fugitive whom the Libyan government has … [read more]

[JURIST] Lawyers for former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf [JURIST news archive] filed an appeal to the Supreme Court on Thursday challenging the decision not to allow Musharraf's high treason charge to be tried in military court. A special court was set up in February to try the former president, denying … [read more]

[JURIST] Members of Parliament in the southern Ukrainian region of Crimea on Thursday asked the Russian government to allow the region to become part of the Russian Federation. According to the parliament, a referendum [RIA Novosti report] to approve the decision to secede from Ukraine and join Russia or restore … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) office of the Inspector General has reportedly requested that the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official websites] investigate CIA conduct in secret detention programs that was the focus of an unreleased US Senate [official website] study. Individuals reported to McClatchy Newspapers [official website] … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Wednesday on class certification procedures in stock and securities fraud litigation. In Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. Johnson Fund, Inc. [transcript, PDF] the court will decide whether the Fifth Circuit's ruling [text] is contradictory both to prior … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously on Wednesday in Lozano v. Alvarez [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that under the Hague Convention, the one-year period for filing a petition for a child's abduction to another country is not subject to equitable tolling. The court stated that to invoke … [read more]

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