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Minnesota high court reverses conviction for encouraging suicide
March 20, 2014
The Supreme Court of Minnesota ruled Wednesday that part of a Minnesota statute prohibiting the advising or encouraging of suicide is unconstitutional. The court overturned the conviction of William Melchert-Dinkel, who was convicted in 2011 of two counts of aiding suicide, after a judge found he "i....... [more]

Federal judge rules Kentucky must recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages
February 13, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Kentucky ruled Wednesday that Kentucky must recognize valid out-of-state marriages between same-sex couples living in Kentucky. The case was brought by four same-sex couples living in Kentucky, who had been legally married in Canada or ot....... [more]

Guatemala ex-soldier sentenced to 10 years in US prison for ties to 1982 massacre
February 11, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Central District of California on Monday sentenced former Guatemalan soldier Jorge Sosa Orantes to a maximum of 10 years in federal prison for lying on his immigration forms about his role in a 1982 massacre in which around 200 people were killed. Orantes is....... [more]

HRW: Canada should investigate violence against indigenous women
January 31, 2014
Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged the Canadian government on Friday to institute an independent national inquiry into violence against women in the country. HRW also urged the government to establish greater accountability for cases of police misconduct. HRW found that the police have failed to adequat....... [more]

Canada Supreme Court strikes down anti-prostitution laws
December 20, 2013
The Supreme Court of Canada on Friday struck down three of the country's anti-prostitution laws, finding that they violated the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. While prostitution is not illegal in Canada, the laws at issue banned keeping a brothel, living on the avails of prostitution, an....... [more]

Carter v. Canada, Stare Decisis and the Right to Life in Physician-Assisted Suicide Cases
November 25, 2013
JURIST Guest Columnist Jason Huang, University of Windsor Faculty of Law Class of 2016, discusses recent British Columbia Court of Appeals decision, Carter v. Canada, upholding the ban on assisted suicide...In the recent British Columbia Court of Appeal (BCCA) case Carter v. Canada (Attorney General....... [more]

Canada top court upholds ban on privately labeled drugs
November 23, 2013
The Supreme Court of Canada on Friday upheld a ban on pharmacies selling their own generic drug brands. The ruling addresses the Drug Interchangeability and Dispensing Fee Act and the Ontario Drug Benefit Act which were meant to control the rising price of pharmaceuticals. Under this scheme, private....... [more]

Russia court grants bail to several Greenpeace activists
November 19, 2013
The Primorsky Court in St. Petersburg granted bail on Tuesday to seven Greenpeace International activists awaiting trial on charges of hooliganism. The activists, who may be released on bail, are from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Italy, New Zealand and Poland. Bail was set at 2 million rubles (appr....... [more]

Ontario top court strikes down mandatory minimum sentences for firearm possession
November 12, 2013
The Court of Appeal for Ontario ruled Tuesday that Section 95 of the Criminal Code, which established a three-year minimum sentence for the possession of an unlicensed firearm and a five-year minimum sentence for the possession of an unlicensed firearm for repeat offenders, is unconstitutional. Th....... [more]

Former Guantanamo detainee Khadr to appeal detention ruling
November 8, 2013
Lawyers for former Guantanamo Bay inmate Omar Khadr said Friday they are appealing a Canadian court ruling that denied his habeas corpus application and held that his placement in a federal penitentiary is lawful. Khadr's lawyer, Dennis Edney, argues that Justice John Rooke of the Alberta Court of Q....... [more]

Physician-Assisted Suicide Goes Back to Court in Canada
November 1, 2013
JURIST Guest Columnist Laura Crestohl, McGill University Faculty of Law Class of 2014, explains Carter v. Canada and its impact of physician-assisted suicide...The case Carter v. Canada is bringing the issue of physician-assisted suicide back to the Canadian courts. In 2011, Lee Carter, Hollis Johns....... [more]




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