Legal news from Tuesday, April 22, 2014

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] in two cases Tuesday. In Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus [transcript, PDF] the court heard arguments on whether an Ohio law that imposes penalties for making knowingly false statements about political candidates violates the right to … [read more]

[JURIST] The Oklahoma Supreme Court [official website] on Monday stayed the execution of two death row prisoners who have challenged the legality of the state's lethal injection drugs. The stay comes just one day before [AP report] one of the inmates, Clayton Lockett, was to be executed and one week … [read more]

[JURIST] Gay rights group Lambda Legal [advocacy website] on Tuesday filed a lawsuit [complaint; press release] challenging Georgia's ban on same-sex marriage. The lawsuit was filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia [official website] on behalf of a widow and three same-sex couples [profiles]. The … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 on Tuesday in Navarette v. California [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that the traffic stop in this particular case was permissible under the Fourth Amendment [text] because the officer had reasonable suspicion that the driver was intoxicated. In 2008 police officers stopped … [read more]

[JURIST] Judge Anna Nekryach of the Babushkinsky district court [official website, in Russian] on Tuesday found opposition leader Alexei Navalny [JURIST news archive] guilty of slander. A Moscow City Duma Deputy, Aleksei Lisovenko filed the lawsuit [RFE/RL report] after Navalny allegedly posed about Lisovenko on his Twitter account [personal account, … [read more]

[JURIST] A Saudi Arabian court on Monday sentenced three people to death for their roles in attacks on expatriate resident compounds in Riyadh in May 2003, bringing the total death sentences to eight. Another 77 people have been sentenced to prison terms [Al AP report] ranging from two to 35 … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 6-2 Tuesday in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that the judiciary lacks the authority to overturn a Michigan voter initiative that amended the state's constitution to prohibit race- and sex-based discrimination or preferential treatment in public … [read more]

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