Legal news from Wednesday, December 1, 2010
14:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Illinois Senate [official website] on Wednesday voted 32-24 in favor of a bill [SB 1716 materials] legalizing same-sex civil unions [JURIST news archive]. The vote comes a day after the Illinois House of Representatives [official website] voted 62-51 in favor of the bill, which will now go to [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Wednesday in Milner v. Department of the Navy [oral arguments transcript, PDF] on the ability of the government to withhold information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [text]. The issue is [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Virginia [official website] on Tuesday dismissed [opinion, PDF] a lawsuit challenging a provision of the health care reform law [HR 3590 text; JURIST news archive] requiring all individuals to maintain health insurance. The lawsuit, filed by Liberty [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] A French appeals court on Wednesday sentenced former Basque separatist leader, Jose Antonio Urrutikoetxea, to seven years in prison for association with a terrorist organization. Urrutikoetxea is a former member of the Basque regional parliament and led the ETA [GlobalSecurity backgrounder; JURIST news archive] until 2006. He was convicted [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge on Tuesday ordered [judgment, PDF] the destruction of a crop of genetically-engineered (GE) sugar beets because of the potential harmful effect the plants may have on surrounding flora, the first such order to be issued in the US. The suit was filed in September by Earthjustice [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] Spanish authorities announced Wednesday that they have arrested seven men in Barcelona suspected of aiding in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] that killed 166. Spain's Ministry of the Interior [official website, in Spanish] confirmed [news release, PDF, in Spanish] the arrests, as well as [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Wednesday urged the Indonesian government to repeal two Sharia laws [report materials; press release] that the group says violate human rights and international treaties. The laws, local to the Aceh province, require strict Islamic dress in public and prohibit unmarried men and [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] on Tuesday voted 256-152 to authorize settlements between the US government and minority farmers for alleged discrimination. The settlements include [AP report] $3.4 billion to resolve claims that the Department of the Interior (DOI) [official website] mismanaged funds [DOI materials] held in [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] on Tuesday released an extensive report [text, PDF] concluding that the repeal of the military's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" (DADT) [10 USC § 654; JURIST news archive] policy would only minimally effect military effectiveness, soldier retention and family readiness. The Pentagon [read more]

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