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Legal News
6 Nov 2008
by Joe Shaulis

[JURIST] An amendment to the Maryland Constitution [text] to permit early voting was among several election-reform ballot measures approved by voters in Maryland and other states Tuesday. Question 1 [text and materials] authorizes the Maryland General Assembly to allow voters to cast ballots outside their election districts or wards, to … [read more]


Legal News
6 Nov 2008
by Joe Shaulis

[JURIST] Rights groups filed a writ petition [PDF text; case materials] with the California Supreme Court [official website] on Wednesday seeking to invalidate a state constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage. Proposition 8 [text and materials], which was approved [unofficial results] by about 52 percent of California voters Tuesday, provides that … [read more]


Legal News
5 Nov 2008
by Joe Shaulis

[JURIST] Washington is in line to become the second US state to permit physician-assisted suicide after voters there Tuesday supported Initiative Measure 1000 [text and materials; unofficial results], which would allow terminally ill, legally competent adults to obtain lethal prescriptions without exposing themselves, their physicians or others to criminal penalties. … [read more]


Legal News
5 Nov 2008
by Joe Shaulis

[JURIST] A constitutional amendment effectively banning same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive] appeared to pass in California with most of the vote counted Wednesday, while voters in Arizona and Florida Tuesday approved similar measures. In California, Proposition 8 [text and materials], which was placed on the ballot [JURIST report] by citizen … [read more]


Legal News
5 Nov 2008
by Joe Shaulis

[JURIST] Voters in two US states with large immigrant populations on Tuesday defeated ballot measures dealing with illegal immigrants [JURIST news archive], according to unofficial results. In Arizona, an initiative [Proposition 202 text, PDF] would have revoked the business licenses of employers that knowingly hire illegal immigrants and would have … [read more]


Legal News
5 Nov 2008
by Joe Shaulis

[JURIST] A ballot measure to prohibit governmental agencies from discriminating or granting preferences on the basis of race and sex [JURIST news archive] appeared to win approval from Nebraska voters Tuesday, while the outcome of a similar proposal in Colorado remained unclear midday Wednesday. In Nebraska, Initiated Measure 424 [PDF … [read more]


Legal News
5 Nov 2008
by Joe Shaulis

[JURIST] Voters in California and South Dakota Tuesday rejected ballot measures that would restrict access to abortion [JURIST news archive], In California, Proposition 4 [text and materials] would have amended the state constitution to require that a physician notify a parent or legal guardian of an unemancipated minor who has … [read more]


Legal News
4 Nov 2008
by Joe Shaulis

[JURIST] Voters in 36 US states considered more than 160 initiatives and referenda [MarketWatch report] at the polls Tuesday, including ballot measures dealing with gay rights, abortion, affirmative action and illegal immigration [JURIST news archives]. Probably the most closely watched ballot measure is in California, where voters will decide whether … [read more]


Legal News
24 Oct 2008
by Joe Shaulis

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit [official website] on Friday upheld [opinion, PDF] the dismissal of a lawsuit brought against the Kingdom of Jordan [official website; JURIST news archive] by Ahmad Chalabi [BBC profile; INC profile, in Arabic], who led the US-backed Iraqi opposition movement during … [read more]


Legal News
21 Oct 2008
by Joe Shaulis

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit [official website] on Monday issued an order [PDF text] further delaying the release of 17 Uighur detainees from the military prison at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archives] as it set an expedited schedule for hearing an appeal by the US … [read more]


Legal News
17 Oct 2008
by Joe Shaulis

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Friday vacated [order, PDF] a temporary restraining order (TRO) requiring Ohio's secretary of state to establish a system that allows county elections boards to confirm newly registered voters' eligibility. The Court granted a request by Ohio Secretary of State … [read more]


Legal News
17 Oct 2008
by Joe Shaulis

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] on Thursday ruled [judgment, DOC text; press release] that France [JURIST news archive] had violated the human rights of a psychotic inmate by failing to prevent his suicide. The court unanimously found that French authorities had breached Article 2 of … [read more]


Legal News
17 Oct 2008
by Joe Shaulis

[JURIST] Former Argentine president Carlos Menem [official website] failed to appear in a Buenos Aires court Thursday as he and other former officials went on trial on arms trafficking charges. The court excused Menem's absence after a defense lawyer presented a medical certificate indicating that the former president had been … [read more]


Legal News
17 Oct 2008
by Joe Shaulis

[JURIST] The US Defense Department (DOD) [official website] has released a revised directive [PDF text] mandating military supervision of intelligence interrogations and questioning conducted by other US government agencies, foreign governments and contractors. The directive, issued October 9 by Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England [official profile] but only made public … [read more]


Legal News
15 Oct 2008
by Joe Shaulis

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call] Wednesday in two cases, including Waddington v. Sarausad [Cornell LII backgrounder; merit briefs], 07-772, in which the Court will consider whether a ruling [PDF text] by the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit … [read more]


Legal News
15 Oct 2008
by Joe Shaulis

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website] on Tuesday upheld [opinion, PDF] a district court order requiring Ohio's secretary of state to establish a system that allows county elections boards to confirm newly registered voters' eligibility. The court, sitting en banc, vacated a stay [AP … [read more]


Legal News
15 Oct 2008
by Joe Shaulis

[JURIST] A report [PDF text; press release] issued Tuesday by Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] links the large number of executions in Saudi Arabia [JURIST news archive] to flaws in the Saudi judicial system. The report, titled Affront to Justice: Death Penalty in Saudi Arabia, noted a significant increase in … [read more]


Legal News
15 Oct 2008
by Joe Shaulis

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of the Philippines [official website] on Tuesday rejected [decision text] as unconstitutional a proposed peace agreement between the government and the rebel Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) [group website; BBC backgrounder]. The Memorandum of Agreement on the Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD) [text] between the MILF and the … [read more]


Legal News
14 Oct 2008
by Joe Shaulis

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call] Monday in three cases, including Pearson v. Callahan [Cornell LII backgrounder; merit briefs], 07-751, in which the Court will review a July 2007 ruling [opinion, PDF] by the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth … [read more]


Legal News
14 Oct 2008
by Joe Shaulis

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday rejected a petition [order list, PDF] to hear a Georgia death row inmate's appeal, lifting a stay on his execution, while agreeing to hear a case dealing with supplemental jurisdiction. The court declined to grant certiorari in the … [read more]


Legal News
13 Oct 2008
by Joe Shaulis

[JURIST] The UK House of Lords on Monday rejected a proposal supported by Prime Minister Gordon Brown [official websites] to increase the amount of time authorities may detain terrorism suspects without charge. The upper house of Parliament voted 309-118 to amend an anti-terrorism bill [materials; BBC Q/A] by eliminating a … [read more]


Legal News
13 Oct 2008
by Joe Shaulis

[JURIST] The British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal [official website] has dismissed [decision, PDF] a complaint alleging that the Canadian newsmagazine Maclean's [media website] incited hatred toward Muslims. The commission ruled Friday that a 2006 article [text] by conservative writer Mark Steyn [personal website] entitled "The future belongs to Islam" did … [read more]


Legal News
10 Oct 2008
by Joe Shaulis

[JURIST] The Connecticut Supreme Court [official website] on Friday ruled [opinion, PDF] that the Connecticut Constitution [text] requires that same-sex couples [JURIST news archive] be allowed to marry. In a 4-3 decision, the court reversed a lower court's judgment, concluding that state statutes [text] discriminate on the basis of sexual … [read more]


Legal News
10 Oct 2008
by Joe Shaulis

[JURIST] The Chinese Foreign Ministry [official website, English version] again demanded Thursday that the United States repatriate 17 Uighur detainees [JURIST news archive] that a US district judge has ordered to be released [JURIST report] from the military prison at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. During a press conference [transcript], … [read more]


Legal News
10 Oct 2008
by Joe Shaulis

[JURIST] Citigroup Inc. [corporate website] on Thursday announced [press release] that it would not seek to enjoin the acquisition of Wachovia Corp. by Wells Fargo & Co. [corporate websites] but would pursue claims against both financial institutions for alleged breach of contract and tortious interference with contract. Citigroup's decision to … [read more]

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