Legal news from Thursday, April 21, 2011

[JURIST] Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff [official website] on Wednesday asked [cert. petition, PDF] the US Supreme Court [official website] to decide whether crosses placed beside highways as memorials to deceased Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) [official website] troopers is an unconstitutional government endorsement of religion. The petition seeks review of … [read more]

[JURIST] Idaho Governor CL "Butch" Otter (R) [official website] issued an executive order on Wednesday prohibiting implementation of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) [HR 3590 materials] in the state. Executive Order 2011-03 [text] bars "every executive branch department, agency and institution of the State" from establishing … [read more]

[JURIST] Syrian President Bashar al-Assad [Al Jazeera profile] on Thursday ended the country's 48-year-old state of emergency, following the legislature's approval of the bill [JURIST report] earlier this week. In several decrees [text] issued Thursday, al-Assad also abolished the Supreme State Security Court (SSSC), developed in the wake of the … [read more]

[JURIST] Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin [official profile] on Tuesday signed into law [press release] House Bill 1888 [materials], prohibiting abortions [JURIST news archive] after 20 weeks. The law allows abortions past the 20-week mark only in certain extenuating circumstances where the mother faces death or serious injury. The legislation is … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] announced Wednesday that high-value Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri [JURIST news archive] will be subject to capital charges and tried in a military court [press release]. According to the Pentagon, the chief prosecutor for the DOD's Office … [read more]

[JURIST] Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich [personal website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday went on trial [criminal complaint] for a second time on corruption charges, including one that he tried to sell President Barack Obama's vacant US Senate seat. Blagojevich tried to avoid the trial last month, but a federal … [read more]

[JURIST] A faction of the European Parliament [official website] on Wednesday requested [press release] that the European Union [official website] review Hungary's new constitution [draft, in Hungarian, PDF], which the country's national assembly approved [JURIST report] on Monday. Guy Verhofstadt, leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe … [read more]

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