Legal news from Thursday, May 14, 2009
16:05 EDT

[JURIST] New Hampshire Governor John Lynch [official website] said Thursday that he is willing to sign [statement] a same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive] bill [text] into law, but only if the legislature amends it to make it clear that religious groups will not be required to perform or recognize the [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] Spain's Cabinet [official website, in Spanish] approved a draft bill [press release, in Spanish] Thursday that would liberalize Spanish abortion law. The new bill, which must now be approved by Parliament, would give women the right to an abortion any time during the first fourteen weeks of pregnancy. During [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] Speaker of the US House of Representatives [official website] Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) [official website] said Thursday that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] misled Congress about the use of enhanced interrogation techniques [JURIST news archive] during the Bush administration. Pelosi, the former top Democrat on the House Intelligence [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] The government of Myanmar [JURIST news archive] received widespread international criticism after jailing democracy advocate and Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] Thursday for violating the terms of her house arrest. Myanmar's military junta arrested Suu Kyi after a US man swam across a [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] The German Bundestag [official website, in German] voted Wednesday in favor of heightened requirements for late-term abortions including a three-day waiting period and a mandatory psychological evaluation. Current law in Germany outlaws abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy [text, PDF, in German] except in circumstances in which the mental [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] Speaker of the Russian State Duma [official website, in Russian] Boris Gryzlov said Wednesday that a proposal by President Dmitry Medvedev [official website] to allow parliament to select the head of the Constitutional Court will be supported by the parliamentary majority. Under the proposed legislative amendments [Moscow Times report], [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] is considering six possible nominees for the US Supreme Court [official website] to replace retiring Justice David Souter [JURIST report], including five women, the Associated Press reported [AP report] Thursday. This six names disclosed by White House officials are Solicitor General Elena Kagan, [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Italian Chamber of Deputies [official website, in Italian], the lower house of parliament, on Wednesday approved legislation [materials, in Italian] that would increase the penalties for illegal immigration by a vote of 297-255. The controversial legislation provides that an alien who enters or resides in Italy in violation [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] Former head of the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) [official website] and federal judge Jay Bybee [official profile], who signed off on memos detailing the legal rationale for enhanced interrogation techniques, has declined an invitation to testify [JURIST report] before the US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website], committee chairman [read more]

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