Legal news from Tuesday, May 20, 2014

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania [official website] on Tuesday struck down [opinion, PDF; order, PDF] Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage [JURIST backgrounder]. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] filed the federal lawsuit [JURIST report] last July on behalf of … [read more]

[JURIST] The Thai military declared martial law in the Southeast Asian nation on Tuesday. Commander of the Thai army, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, has stated [BBC report] that the army's declaration is not a coup but will remain in place until "peace and order" has been restored. The declaration of martial … [read more]

[JURIST] Swiss bank Credit Suisse [corporate website] pleaded guilty Monday to a criminal charge for its role in helping Americans avoid taxes, according to a speech [text] from US Attorney General Eric Holder [official website]. Credit Suisse will pay a $2.5 billion financial penalty to the Department of Justice (DOJ), … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Georgia ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that a state law that makes the identity of an execution drug supplier a "confidential state secret" is constitutional. In a 5-2 decision, the court reversed [AP report] a lower court ruling that granted a stay of execution to death … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Monday announced that a grand jury in the Western District of Pennsylvania brought hacking charges [press release] against the Chinese nationals in a case of cyber espionage. The indictment [text, PDF] alleges that the defendants were involved in computer hacking, … [read more]

[JURIST] A jury for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Monday convicted [press release] Egyptian-born Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] of supporting terrorism. Al-Masri was found guilty [BBC report] of 11 criminal charges, which included planning to … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Oregon [official website] on Monday struck down [opinion, PDF] Oregon's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, saying that the ban could not be enforced because it unconstitutionally discriminates against same-sex couples. In his opinion, Judge Michael McShane wrote that … [read more]

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