Legal news from Saturday, July 7, 2012
15:07 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for the state of Georgia argued Friday in court filings with the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] that its immigration law is constitutional under the recent US Supreme Court [official website] ruling in Arizona v. United States [opinion, PDF; JURIST report]. The appeals [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] The New York Fourth Appellate Division for the Supreme Court [official website] on Friday dismissed a challenge [opinion, PDF] to the state's year-old Marriage Equality Act (MEA) [text, PDF], ruling that closed-door meetings between gay rights advocates and state senators did not violate the state's Open Meetings Law (OML) [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi on Thursday issued a decree appointing a fact-finding committee to investigate the deaths of protesters in last year's demonstrations. The committee is made up of 16 members [AP report] including judges, a state prosecutor, a general, a police commander and six representatives of victims' families. [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Lawmakers in Romania voted on Friday to impeach President Traian Basescu [official website, in Romanian] for overstepping the bounds of his authority by interfering in judicial and legislative affairs. The Romanian Parliament [official website] voted 256-114 for impeachment. Romanian voters will have the final say [AP report] as to [read more]

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