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Legal news from Thursday, May 12, 2011
15:05 EDT

[JURIST] France's lower house, the National Assembly [official website, in French], approved a bill [TA Bill No. 658, materials, in French] on Wednesday to prohibit the drilling of gas and oil through hydraulic fracturing [EPA backgrounder] and to repeal hydraulic fracturing licenses granted to companies. The bill also requires license [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Minnesota Senate [official website] on Wednesday approved a voter referendum [SF 1308 text] to amend the constitution to ban same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive]. The measure was approved by a vote of 38 - 27, with only one Democrat joining Republicans in supporting the amendment. Minnesota law currently [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives Armed Services Committee [official website] on Thursday approved legislation [press release] that could complicate the repeal of the military's controversial "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy (DADT) [10 USC § 654; JURIST news archive]. The committee approved a revision to the National Defense Authorization Act [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] Delaware Governor Jack Markell [official website] on Wednesday signed into law a bill [SB 30 text] allowing same-sex civil unions [JURIST news archive] within the state. According to the legislation, individuals entering into a civil union "shall enjoy all the same rights, benefits, protections, and shall be subject to [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Indiana [official website] on Wednesday denied a request from Planned Parenthood of Indiana (PPIN) [advocacy website] for an injunction and temporary restraining order to prevent Indiana from implementing a law cutting state funding for abortion [JURIST news [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Council of Europe (COE) [official website] on Wednesday launched the first international convention to combat violence against women [text]. The group announced [press release] that the "new landmark treaty of the Council of Europe opens the path for creating a legal framework at pan-European level to protect women [read more]

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[JURIST] A German court on Thursday convicted retired US autoworker John Demjanjuk [NNDB profile; JURIST news archive] of helping to murder thousands during the Holocaust, sentencing him to five years in prison and then releasing him pending appeal. The judge found that Demjanjuk, 91, served as a guard at the [read more]

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