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Legal news from Tuesday, July 7, 2009
15:07 EDT

[JURIST] A Washington, DC law [text, PDF] recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other states or jurisdictions took effect Tuesday, following Congressional inaction on the matter. The Jury and Marriage Amendment Act of 2009, passed by the Council of the District of Columbia [official website] in May by a 12-1 final [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] The American Bar Association Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary [official website] on Tuesday gave US Supreme Court [official website] nominee Sonia Sotomayor [WH profile] a unanimous "well-qualified" rating [letter, PDF]. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee [official websites], said [press release] that the positive [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] Iranian opposition leaders called Tuesday for the release [Ghalamnews report, in Persian] of persons detained for their alleged involvement in protests following last month's disputed presidential election [JURIST news archive]. The request was brought jointly by candidates Mir Hossein Mousavi [IranTracker profile; JURIST news archive] and Mehdi Karroubi and [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] A German appeals court on Tuesday found [press release, in German] that suspected Nazi Waffen-SS [USHMM backgrounder] soldier Heinrich Boere is medically fit to stand trial for the 1944 murder of three Dutch civilians. The Cologne Higher Regional Court [official website, in German] overturned a lower court decision, which [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Retired Rear Admiral John Hutson [academic profile], formerly the US Navy's Judge Advocate General [official website], argued [prepared statement, PDF] Tuesday that the Military Commissions Act of 2006 (MCA) [text, PDF] should be repealed rather than reformed. At a hearing [materials] before the Senate Armed Services Committee [official website], [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of India [official website] on Monday rejected a bid to replace executions by hanging with lethal injections. The suit was brought by rights advocate Ashok Kumar Walia who maintained that hanging executions were cruel and painful [Times of India report]. Chief Justice Balakrishan and Justice Sathasivam [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Tuesday appealed [text, PDF] the court's decision [JURIST report] not to charge Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] with genocide. ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] said that the evidentiary standards imposed by the Pre-Trial Chamber [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Monday affirmed [opinion, PDF] a ruling that a prisoner's First Amendment [Cornell LII backgrounder] rights are not violated if he is prohibited from writing material that encourages inmates to participate in work stoppages. Sing Sing prison inmate [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Tuesday called for restraint [press release] from all sides and a respect for due process in the ethnic unrest in China's Xinjiang Autonomous Region [official website], in which the Chinese government says 156 were killed and more than [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] A federal appeals court on Monday ordered [text, PDF] an en banc rehearing of a patent case that challenges new US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) [official website] rules [text, PDF]. The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit [official website] will reexamine a previous ruling [opinion, PDF; [read more]

07:07 EDT

[JURIST] The prosecution warned the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) [official website; JURIST news archive] Monday that the trial of former Liberian president Charles Taylor [case materials; JURIST news archive] at The Hague could take four years to complete due to the extensive list of defense witnesses. Taylor is [read more]

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