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Legal News
16 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] and FBI [official website] on Wednesday announced [press release] that a joint effort between law enforcement agencies across 20 countries has led to the seizure and shutdown of the online forum Darkode which provided a marketplace where cybercriminals could buy and … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jun 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The New York Department of Environmental Conservation (NYDEC) [official website] released a final environmental impact statement [report, PDF] on the dangers of fracking on Monday, which carries the force of law and officially bans fracking in the state. Signed by NYDEC Commissioner Joseph Martens [official profile], the report cited … [read more]


Legal News
22 May 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Five of the world's largest banks agreed Wednesday to plead guilty [press release] to rigging currency markets and to pay over USD $5 billion in penalties to the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website], along with several domestic and international agencies. Traders from Citicorp, Barclays, the Royal Bank … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The Mexican Congress [official website, in Spanish] approved legislation on Thursday that gives the public access to data from almost all institutions that receive government funding. The legislation passed the lower house of Congress [AP report] 264-68 and will go to the president for his signature. President Enrique Peña … [read more]


Legal News
26 Mar 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The United Kingdom Supreme Court [official website] ruled [text, PDF] Thursday in favor of The Guardian [official website], deciding that the UK newspaper may publish a series of letters between Prince Charles and high government officials. The court determined that governmental attempts to conceal the "Black Spider memos" were … [read more]


Legal News
25 Mar 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Maryland's House of Delegates [official website] approved [legislative materials] a bill [HB449 text, PDF] Tuesday that would place a three-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in the state. The bill, HB449, passed on a third reading by a vote of 93 to 45, and will now go before the Senate … [read more]


Legal News
5 Mar 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Paul Black, a prisoner at HMP Wymott [official website], won a contentious judgment [text, PDF] in the UK High Court [official website] on Thursday banning smoking in prisons and all Crown premises. Under current regulations, prisoners are permitted to smoke in cells but forbidden to smoke in corridors and … [read more]


Legal News
17 Feb 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Ohio [official website] on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] in a 4-3 decision that local drilling and zoning regulations are preempted by state laws governing oil and gas drilling activities. In 2011 Beck Energy Corporation obtained a permit from the Ohio Department of Conservation and Natural … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jan 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Scotland announced a moratorium on the granting of permits for unconventional oil and gas extraction, including fracking, on Wednesday amid environmental and health concerns. Energy minister Fergus Ewing [official website] told the Scottish parliament [statement] that the moratorium will give the government time to investigate the effects of the … [read more]


Legal News
27 Nov 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] UK's commission on strengthening devolution, the Smith Commission [official website], concluded on Thursday that Scotland's parliament should have more independence in certain matters. The commission, which was set up [press release] by Prime Minister David Cameron [official website], recommended that Scotland's parliament should have the power to decide Scotland's … [read more]


Legal News
20 Sep 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Officials at the referendum in Glasgow are investigating ten counts of suspected electoral fraud at polling stations across the city. The suspect votes are thought to be cases of impersonation [BBC report], where people cast a vote pretending to be someone else and the real person shows up later … [read more]


Legal News
19 Sep 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Voters in Scotland on Thursday voted against independence from the UK [advocacy websites] in the country's first national referendum on the matter. The Scottish Parliament [official website] unanimously approved a bill last November to hold a Scottish independence referendum [JURIST report]. Eighty-four percent of eligible voters cast ballots in … [read more]


Legal News
20 Feb 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The Cortes Generales [official website, in Spanish], the bicameral parliament of Spain, on Thursday rejected [official press release, in Spanish] a proposed referendum that would have allowed the Catalonia region [official website] to vote on whether the autonomous community should become an independent state or remain a part of … [read more]


Legal News
5 Feb 2014
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] The Scottish Parliament [official website] on Tuesday passed the Marriage and Civil Partnership Bill [text, PDF], in a 105 to 18 vote [minutes, text]. The final vote in favor of the bill came after a detailed consideration of the bill by parliamentary committees. Same-sex couples in Scotland currently have … [read more]


Legal News
13 Dec 2013
by Jaimie Cremeans

[JURIST] The EU Court of Justice [official website] ruled [press release, PDF] Thursday that in countries in which same-sex couples cannot legally marry, same-sex couples in a legal union are entitled to the same legal benefits as married couples. The case stemmed from an employment benefits issue in France that … [read more]


Legal News
12 Dec 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The High Court of Australia [official website] on Thursday struck down [press release, PDF] The Marriage Equality (Same Sex) Act of 2013 [text, PDF], which allowed same-sex couples to marry within the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). The court ruled by unanimous decision that the act cannot operate concurrently with … [read more]


Legal News
21 Nov 2013
by Amy Mathieu

[JURIST] The Scottish Parliament [official website] completed the first step towards the passage of the Marriage and Civil Partnership Bill [text, PDF] on Wednesday by a 98-15 vote [minutes, text] in favor of the bill. Same-sex couples currently have the right to enter a civil partnerships [BBC report] in Scotland, … [read more]


Legal News
15 Nov 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] The Scottish Parliament [official website] unanimously approved a bill [legislative materials] on Thursday to hold a Scottish independence referendum. The bill outlines the referendum rules [text, PDF]. Both independence opponents and supporters in parliament supported the bill, which will permit a 16-week campaign period and impose financial limits on … [read more]


Legal News
21 Oct 2013
by Max Slater

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website;] ruled [judgment; press release, PDF] Monday that Spain must release a member of the Basque Separatist group Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA) [GlobalSecurity backgrounder; JURIST news archive] because her detention violates EU law. Ines del Rio Prada was convicted of plotting … [read more]


Legal News
12 Oct 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] A Northern Ireland judge ruled [judgment summary] Friday that Health Minister Edwin Poots could not continue to enforce the lifetime ban on gay men donating blood, calling the law "irrational." The lifetime ban was introduced in the UK in the 1980s in an effort to prevent the spread of … [read more]

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