Legal news from Wednesday, March 26, 2014

[JURIST] Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, the son-in-law of Osama bin Laden [JURIST news archives], was found guilty on Wednesday of both conspiring to kill Americans and providing terrorists with material support, following a jury trial in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website]. Abu Ghaith, … [read more]

[JURIST] Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro [official profile, in Spanish] announced on Wednesday that three air force generals were arrested and brought before a military tribunal for plotting a coup. In his remarks on Venezuela's state run broadcast, Maduro stated [CNN report] that the three generals, who he did not name, … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [transcript, PDF] Tuesday on whether companies have a right to an exemption from the contraception provision of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) [text; JURIST backgrounder] for religious reasons. The plaintiffs in the combined cases of Sebelius … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Tuesday expressed acute concern after an Egyptian court on Monday sentenced [JURIST report] 529 supporters of deposed president Mohammed Morsi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to death for inciting violence and protest. The OHCHR reportedly … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Wednesday ruled in US v. Castleman [opinion, PDF; SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that a federal law [18 USC § 922(g)(9), text] banning gun possession after a state domestic abuse conviction involving "physical force" can be satisfied by the degree of force supporting a common … [read more]

[JURIST] An administrative court in Ankara, the capital of Turkey, issued a temporary injunction Wednesday ordering the country's telecommunication authority (TIB) [official website; in Turkish] to lift its ban on the use of the social media website Twitter [corporate website]. The ban on Twitter was imposed [JURIST report] last week … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website] on Tuesday granted [order] an extension of a temporary hold on a Detroit federal judge's ruling [JURIST report] in DeBoer v. Michigan [materials] that struck down Michigan's same-sex marriage ban. The court granted the stay in light of … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Tuesday unanimously upheld [opinion, PDF] two San Francisco gun laws, stating that the laws reasonably attempt to increase public safety without infringing on Second Amendment [Cornell LII backgrounder] rights. The laws, found in San Francisco's Police Code … [read more]

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