Legal news from Thursday, May 29, 2014

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] upheld the conviction [judgment] of former Croatian army commander Fred Margus on Wednesday. Margus challenged his 2007 conviction [Jutarnjilist report] for war crimes against civilians during the 1990s Yugoslav wars [JURIST news archive]. Charges initially brought against Margus were terminated … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio [official website] ordered a temporary moratorium [order, PDF] on executions in Ohio on Wednesday. The stay is intended to allow attorneys time to complete discovery and other legal preparations pertaining to Ohio's new execution protocol [AP … [read more]

[JURIST] The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) [advocacy website] on Tuesday filed [application, PDF] an application to block same-sex marriages in Oregon [background materials] while the group appeals a decision overturning the state's ban. The group, which opposes same-sex marriage, submitted the filing to Justice Anthony Kennedy, who handles such … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Wednesday condemned [press release] the killing of a 25-year-old pregnant woman who was stoned to death in a so-called "honor killing." Farzana Iqbal was killed by her family outside of a Pakistani court in the city of Lahore … [read more]

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