Legal news from Sunday, May 25, 2014

[JURIST] Frontrunner Petro Poroshenko claimed Ukraine's presidency on Sunday after exit polls gave him an absolute majority in the first round of voting. Billionaire candy-maker Poroshenko, who is known as the "chocolate king," garnered more than 55 percent of votes. While announcing his victory, Poroshenko vowed to forge closer links … [read more]

[JURIST] Thailand's military released several statements on Sunday in an effort to smother dissent following the military overthrow of the government last Thursday. Deputy army spokesman Winthai Suvaree said in a televised statement [press release, in Thai]: We would like to ask all people to avoid gathering to stage protests … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] issued an order [text, PDF] late Thursday allowing the military to resume force feeding a Syrian prisoner at Guantanamo Bay, stating that "the court is in no position to make the complex medical decisions necessary" … [read more]

[JURIST] The Appropriations Committee of the California State Senate [official websites] on Friday voted 5-2 [ballot results] to pass a measure requiring distributors of bottled or canned sugary drinks to fix warning labels to the beverage container [SB 1000, PDF] before sale. The warning label required by the bill reads: … [read more]

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