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Legal news from Thursday, May 15, 2008
13:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of California [official website] Thursday overturned [opinion, PDF] a state ban on same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive], ruling 4-3 in In re Marriage Cases [case materials] that the ban violated protections on the right to "form a family relationship" enshrined in the California Constitution [text]. Rights [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] UK ministers and MPs deadlocked Wednesday over a controversial proposed anti-terror bill [BBC Q/A] that would allow British authorities to detain terror suspects up to 42 days without charge [JURIST news archive]. Prime Minister Gordon Brown [official website] has vowed to continue pushing for the bill's passage, despite staunch [read more]

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[JURIST] Entertainment console and video game manufacturer Nintendo of America, Inc. [corporate website] was ordered to pay $21 million Wednesday to Anascape, Ltd., a small Texas video game company after losing a jury verdict in a patent infringement lawsuit concerning hand-held controllers for its Wii and Gamecube video game systems. [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] Myanmar's draft constitution [JURIST news archive] has been approved with over 90 percent of 22 million eligible voters voting yes in Saturday's nation-wide referendum [JURIST report], the country's military government said Thursday. The regime has faced sharp international criticism [JURIST report] for going ahead with the poll after a [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform [committee website] heard testimony [transcripts] on Thursday regarding potential abuse of the Defense Base Act of 1941 (DBA) [text] in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Act requires [PDF, US DOL backgrounder] contractors working on military installations to provide workers' compensation insurance [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counterterrorism Martin Scheinin [official website; JURIST news archive] praised anti-terrorism efforts in Spain [JURIST news archive] Wednesday, but urged Spanish officials to reform the country's legal standards for treatment of terror suspects [UN OHCHR press release]. The Special Rapporteur's comments came in [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] US Solicitor General Paul Clement [official profile] announced Wednesday that he is resigning from his post, effective June 2. Perhaps best-known for his Supreme Court advocacy [WP report; case resource center] of Bush Administration positions on rights and procedures at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], including such notable cases [read more]

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[JURIST] US military judge Col. Ralph Kohlmann [JURIST news archive] set June 5 as the tentative date for the military commission's arraignment of the five men charged with plotting the Sept. 11 attacks [JURIST news archive] in an email to military defense attorneys Wednesday. The group, held at Guantanamo Bay [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] US Air Force Reserve Brig. Gen. Thomas Hartmann [official profile], a top Pentagon legal advisor on the Guantanamo military commission trials, said Wednesday that he will not resign [AP report] despite questions concerning his objectivity. Hartmann serves as legal advisor to Susan J. Crawford, the Convening Authority [backgrounder] for [read more]

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