Legal news from Sunday, July 3, 2011
17:07 EDT

[JURIST] Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee [official website] on Saturday signed into law a bill [H6103, PDF] that legalizes same-sex civil unions in the state. The bill effectively adds a "Civil Unions" chapter to the Rhode Island General Laws section governing domestic relations, affording same-sex couples many of the same [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) [advocacy website] filed a motion for a preliminary injunction [text, PDF] Thursday to block a new Texas requiring a woman to have a sonogram with the doctor describing the fetus in detail before having an abortion [JURIST news archive]. The CRR filed a [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] UN Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers [official website] Gabriela Knaul warned [press release, in Spanish] Friday that an El Salvador law requiring its high court to issue unanimous judgments is an "attack" on judicial independence and the separation of powers. The new law, passed by the [read more]

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