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Legal news from Monday, April 14, 2014

[JURIST] US Army [official website] Major General Jeffery S. Buchanan on Monday upheld [press release] Private Chelsea Manning's [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] conviction and prison sentence for turning over classified information to WikiLeaks [official website]. Manning is currently serving her 35-year prison sentence in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and she … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran [official website] Ahmed Shaheed on Monday urged [press release] Iran to immediately halt the execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari, a woman sentenced to death of murdering Mortez Abdolali Sarbandi, a former employee of the Iranian … [read more]

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Monday ruled that the militant organization Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis [BBC backgrounder] be officially considered a terrorist group. Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, which means "Warriors of Jerusalem," has claimed responsibility [IANS report] for the majority of attacks on Egyptian military and police that have occurred since former … [read more]

Army Col. James Pohl [JURIST news archive], the military judge presiding over the trials of those accused of involvement with the 9/11 terrorist attacks, halted a hearing [trial transcript, PDF] on Monday following accusations that the FBI [official website] was spying on attorneys for one of the accused. Defense attorneys … [read more]

[JURIST] United Nations child rights experts on Monday praised [press release] the new Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure [text, PDF], which grants children access to international human rights protections by allowing minors to complain directly to the UN Committee on … [read more]

[JURIST] Judge Timothy Black of the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio [official website] ruled [opinion, text] on Monday that Ohio authorities must recognize same-sex marriages legally performed in other states. The court found that the state's refusal to recognize such marriages violates the Due Process Clause, … [read more]

[JURIST] A foreign ministry spokesperson on Monday said that Iran plans to sue the US over its refusal to grant an entry visa to Hamid Aboutalebi, Tehran's newly-proposed ambassador to the United Nations (UN) [official website]. As the UN is based in New York, this US decision bars the nominee … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] convened Sunday to address violence occurring in the Ukraine between government troops and pro-Russia militias. Ukrainian special forces reportedly exchanged gunfire [AP report] with the militias early Sunday, resulting in at least one death and several injuries. Sources indicate that the militias seek … [read more]

[JURIST] Prosecutors in Libya on Monday opened the trial of former Libyan leader Col. Muammar Gaddafi's [BBC obituary, JURIST news archive] sons, Saadi Gaddafi and Saif al-Islam [JURIST news archives], and more than two dozen of his former officials for crimes allegedly committed during the 2011 uprising [JURIST backgrounder]. While … [read more]

[JURIST] The Alaska State House of Representatives [official website] on Monday passed a bill that would restrict state Medicaid payments for abortions. The bill [materials] sets forth specific medical circumstances [APRN report] under which physicians may deem an abortion "medically necessary," thereby justifying Medicaid reimbursement. The bill defines an abortion … [read more]

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