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Legal News
3 Nov 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention [official website] has determined that the imprisonment of Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim [BBC profile] was political and has urged his immediate release, according to a copy of their report released Monday by Anwar's family. Anwar was sentenced [JURIST report] in March … [read more]

Academic Commentary
22 Jul 2015
by Jeremiah Ho of University of Massachusetts School of Law
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnist Jeremiah A. Ho of the University of Massachusetts School of Law, discusses the substantial federal question underlining in Obergefell v. Hodges... Last month the US Supreme Court ruled on marriage equality in Obergefell v. Hodges and ushered in the decision that the fundamental right to marriage applies … [read more]

Legal News
10 Apr 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] The Parliament of Malaysia [official website, in Malay] on Friday announced a change to the country's sedition law, which will strengthen government intervention upon seditious activity. Malaysia's original sedition law [BBC backgrounder] banned acts and speech expressing contempt against the government or any of Malaysia's royal sultans and called … [read more]

Legal News
5 Apr 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim [BBC profile] was granted a furlough on Sunday to leave prison so that he could attend his father's funeral. Anwar was taken from the prison under heavy security to his father's house and will have to return to prison after the burial. His father, … [read more]

Legal News
3 Apr 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] A Malaysian cartoonist known for his political caricatures was charged Friday with nine counts of sedition over a series of tweets criticizing the country's judiciary. Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque, popularly referred to as Zunar, could be sentenced [AP report] to up to 43 years in jail if found guilty on … [read more]

Student Commentary
26 Mar 2015
by B. Shaw Drake and Mai El-Sadany of Georgetown University Law Center
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnists B. Shaw Drake and Mai El-Sadany, Georgetown University Law Center, Class of 2015, discuss the military's violations of the due process of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay since 9/11...On March 18th President Obama said if he could relive his first day in office he would have closed Guantanamo … [read more]

Legal News
16 Mar 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Malaysia officials on Monday arrested the daughter of jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] for alleged acts of sedition. Lawmaker Nurul Izzah Anwar was reportedly arrested and detained specifically for a speech she made last week criticizing the jailing of her father. Anwar Ibrahim's conviction … [read more]

Legal News
10 Feb 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The Malaysian Federal Court [official website] on Tuesday upheld the sodomy conviction and five-year prison sentence of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], a decision rights groups are calling unjust and political. Anwar was accused of sodomizing an aide in the opposition campaign office in 2008 … [read more]

7 Feb 2015
by Vanessa Griffith

The debate over the legalization of same-sex marriage was long one of the most polarizing issues [JURIST op-ed] facing the American legal community. Several major cases shaped the course of the debate over the past 40 years. Loving v. Virginia is a 1967 US Supreme Court case which declared laws … [read more]

Legal News
27 Oct 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Monday urged [press release] Malaysian authorities to end their politically motivated criminalization of government critics. The country's Sedition Act of 1948 [text, PDF], a law that limits freedom of speech and expression, has been used increasingly by the Malaysian government to persecute activists … [read more]

Legal News
17 Sep 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Wednesday called on Malaysian authorities [statement] to cease arrests and prosecutions under the country's 1948 Sedition Act, a law that limits free speech and freedom of expression. Rupert Colville, OHCHR spokesperson, expressed concern about the … [read more]

Professional Commentary
6 Sep 2014
by Graeme Reid of Human Rights Watch
edited by Michael Finley

JURIST Guest Columnist, Graeme Reid, of Human Rights Watch, discusses the weakening of LGBT rights in international law ...For lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people the law is a paradox. The law can operate as an instrument of repression and control, but also as a tool for resistance and … [read more]

Legal News
2 Sep 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Malaysian prosecutors charged University of Malay law professor Azmi Sharom with sedition on Tuesday for his opinion on a political crisis that occurred five years ago. Sharom voiced his opinion in an article [news article] published August 14 by The Malay Mail Online, in which he stated that the … [read more]

Legal News
20 Aug 2014
by Ann Schober

[JURIST] The lawyer representing Anwar Ibrahim [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], the leader of Malaysia's strongest governmental opposition group [party website, in Malay], was charged [Malaysia Star report, in English] with sedition on Tuesday because of a written statement he issued acting as Anwar's legal counsel. N Suredran, was released … [read more]

Legal News
15 Jun 2014
by Ann Schober

[JURIST] The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals [official website] on Friday struck down [opinion] a portion of a state law [text] banning consensual oral and anal sex, aimed at criminalizing homosexual conduct, as unconstitutional. The appeal was brought by a Dallas County, Alabama, man who was charged with engaging in … [read more]

Professional Commentary
10 Mar 2014
by Walter Weber of
edited by Michael Muha

JURIST Guest Columnist Walter Weber criticizes the US Supreme Court for what he sees as departures from established rules of law...The Constitutional litigators are already familiar with the abortion distortion factor. As Justice O'Connor described it, "no legal rule or doctrine is safe from ad hoc nullification by this [c]ourt … [read more]

Legal News
7 Mar 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The Virginia House of Delegates [official website] on Thursday unanimously passed a bill [SB 14] to remove the state code's ban on oral and anal sex, a decade after it was invalidated by a US Supreme Court [official website] decision in Lawrence v. Texas [opinion]. The new legislation limits … [read more]

Legal News
7 Mar 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] A Malaysian court on Friday overturned the High Court's acquittal of Anwar Ibrahim [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], sentencing the opposition leader to five years in prison for sodomizing a male aide in 2008. This conviction [BBC report] makes Anwar unable to run for chief minister of Selangor in … [read more]

Legal News
13 Jan 2014
by Daniel Mullen

[JURIST] Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan [official profile] signed the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act into law on Monday, prompting condemnation throughout the international community. The law bans same-sex marriage and criminalizes [AP report] homosexual associations, societies and meetings and carries a punishment of up to 14 years imprisonment. Though sodomy … [read more]

Legal News
21 Oct 2013
by Max Slater

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Georgia [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that the state's statute prohibiting the solicitation of sodomy is constitutional. The case concerned a former police officer named James Edwin Watson who was convicted of soliciting sex from a 17-year-old boy [AJC report]. Watson argued that the … [read more]

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