Legal news from Tuesday, May 5, 2009
14:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Council of the District of Columbia [official website] voted Tuesday to recognize same-sex marriages [JURIST news archive] performed outside of Washington, DC. The bill, proposed by DC Councilman Phil Mendelson [official website], was approved by a 12-1 vote. The dissenting vote was cast by Councilman Marion Barry [official [read more]

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[JURIST] The Maine House of Representatives [official website] voted 89-57 Tuesday in favor of a bill [text] that would allow same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive] in the state. The vote follows last week's approval by the Maine Senate [JURIST report]. The proposed legislation now faces one more vote before the [read more]

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[JURIST] A court in Zimbabwe [JURIST news archive] on Tuesday ordered back into custody 18 human rights activists, including activist and journalist Jestina Mukoko [advocacy website, JURIST news archive] and freelance journalist Andrison Manyere. Mukoko is the director of the Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP) [advocacy website], and Manyere is a [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) [official website] has released [press release; materials] its annual report on worldwide religious freedoms, elevating Iraq and Nigeria to its list of "countries of particular concern" (CPC) and adding six new countries to its "watch list." The other CPC are Burma, [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] The UK Home Office [official website] on Tuesday published a list [press release] of individuals who are prohibited from entering the country "for fostering extremism or hatred between October 2008 and March 2009." The list names 16 individuals, including religious preachers, white supremacists, gang leaders, and controversial US radio [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] The annual Webby Awards [awards website] in Law and more than 100 other subject categories were announced in New York Tuesday as the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences [profession website] honored excellence in interactive design, creativity, usability, and functionality on the Internet in 2009. Women's advocacy site [read more]

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[JURIST] Spokesperson for the Iranian judiciary Alireza Jamshidi said Tuesday that the appeal of US journalist Roxana Saberi [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] will be heard next week. Saberi was convicted [JURIST report] of spying for the US and sentenced to eight years in jail in Evin, an Iranian jail [read more]

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[JURIST] US Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) was chosen Monday by Senate Republicans to replace newly-declared Democrat Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA) as ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee [official websites]. Sessions will play a key role in questioning President Barack Obama's nominee to replace retiring Justice David Souter [JURIST report] [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] Judge Gladys Kessler of the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] ordered [text, PDF] Monday the release of Yemeni Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Alla Ali Bin Ali Ahmed. Ahmed has been held in Guantanamo for seven years after he was picked up in [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of the Treasury [official website] on Monday announced reforms to the US tax code [press release] to curb overseas tax havens and end tax incentives for companies to create jobs out of the country. In a joint press conference [video] with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner [official [read more]

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