Legal news from Thursday, December 6, 2012
15:12 EDT

[JURIST] Thailand's Department of Special Investigation (DSI) [official website, in Thai] on Thursday announced that former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] will be charged with murder for his role in the 2010 Thai military crackdown [TIME backgrounder] on anti-government protests that left more than 90 people [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] Officials from the International Criminal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official websites] on Wednesday told [UN News Centre report] the UN Security Council [official website] that they are making progress in completing their work, but continue to face a number of [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] Washington Governor Christine Gregoire [official website] on Wednesday certified [press release] the results of Referendum 74 [text] which has legalized same-sex marriage [JURIST backgrounder] in the state. The referendum gave Washington voters the choice to accept or reject the state same-sex marriage legislation [SB 6239, PDF], which was signed [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] A UN independent expert on Thursday praised [statement; UN News Centre report] a convention passed by the African Union (AU) [official website, English] to protect internally displaced persons (IDPs). The African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa (Kampala Convention) [text, PDF] was [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court [official website] ruled [opinion] Wednesday that police do not need a warrant to search a suspect's cell phone once the suspect been lawfully arrested. The defendant was arrested after police observed him participating in an apparent drug transaction, and, upon being booked the police [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Coalition for the Protection of Marriage, a non-profit corporation in Nevada which opposes same-sex marriage, petitioned [text, PDF] the US Supreme Court on Wednesday to grant a writ of certiorari to determine "whether the Fourteenth Amendment's Equal Protection Clause requires Nevada to change its definition of marriage from [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Wednesday warned Washington state that although voters in the state legalized marijuana last month [Initiative 502, PDF], marijuana is still illegal under federal law [press release]. The DOJ announced that the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) [text] still lists marijuana as [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Mexico [official website, in Spanish] ruled unanimously on Wednesday that a law in the southern state of Oaxaca that prohibits same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. The case was initiated by three gay couples in Oaxaca. The high court held that Oaxaca's law restricting marriage to one [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Wednesday in Chafin v. Chafin [transcript, PDF; JURIST report], an international child custody dispute. The court will decide whether a parent can appeal in a custody suit when a district court has determined the child's habitual residence [read more]

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