Legal news from Thursday, May 22, 2014

[JURIST] Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett [official website] announced [press release] on Wednesday that he will not appeal a federal court ruling [opinion, PDF] that struck down [JURIST report] the state's ban on same-sex marriage [JURIST backgrounder]. Corbett stated [AP report] that the ruling, authored by Judge John Jones E. Jones … [read more]

[JURIST] The Louisiana State Legislature [official website] approved a bill [HB 388, text] on Wednesday that requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. If the bill becomes law, it will likely shut down [NYT report] three of the state's five abortion clinics. Proponents of … [read more]

[JURIST] Thailand's new military junta leader, General Prayuth Chan-ocha [BBC profile], announced on Thursday the military has seized control of the country and suspended its constitution. Chan-ocha became the leader of Thailand's army in 2010 and has proclaimed an interest in keeping the army neutral, but over the years his … [read more]

[JURIST] Tunisia's Interior Ministry [government website, in French] announced on Wednesday the national police arrested eight suspected terrorists who entered the north-African country from neighboring Libya. It iss believed the terrorists received weapons and explosives training in Libya, and Tunisian Interior Ministry spokesman Mohamed Ali Aroui stated [Reuters report]: "This … [read more]

[JURIST] A Palestinian court on Wednesday announced that Mohammed Dahlan, leading rival of President Mahmoud Abbas [official website, in Arabic], has been sentenced in absentia to two years in prison, which is likely to hinder his ability to garner a leadership position in the future. Dahlan, a former Palestinian security … [read more]

[JURIST] Vietnam's prime minister announced Thursday that his country is considering legal action against China regarding its claims of sovereignty over the South China Sea [BBC backgrounder]. Because any action will likely be fiercely opposed by China, Vietnam has thus far attempted a low-key approach to the issue of disputed … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Tuesday granted [order, PDF] Idaho's request for a stay pending appeal of a recent decision by a federal judge to overturn the state's ban on same-sex marriage. This essentially means that no same-sex marriages will be allowed … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF] Wednesday that the case against Muammar Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam Gaddafi [BBC backgrounder] may proceed in the ICC and that Libyan authorities must immediately surrender Saif al-Islam to The Hague. Saif al-Islam is being tried on multiple crimes against … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Wednesday condemned [press release] both the Syrian government and the armed rebels for their callousness towards the hardships both groups have imposed on the people of Aleppo. Pillay had previously opined that human rights violations by Syrian government … [read more]

[JURIST] Five men were found guilty for their involvement in the 2006 murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive] in a Russian court on Tuesday. Brothers Rustam, Ibragim and Dzhabrail Makhmudov, their uncle Lom-Ali Gaitukayev, and former Moscow police officer Sergei Khadzhikurbanov were all convicted, but a … [read more]

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