Legal news from Saturday, January 19, 2013

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and ACLU of Kansas and Western Missouri [advocacy websites] on Friday ended their challenge to a 2011 Kansas law [HB 2075 materials] that restricts private health insurance companies from offering coverage for abortions [JURIST backgrounder] in their general plans. The withdrawal [Huffington Post … [read more]

[JURIST] Former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [personal website; JURIST news archive] has been charged with murder [press release, in Ukrainian] for her role in the contract-style killing of Yevhen Shcherban and two others in 1996, Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka [official profile, in Ukrainian] said Friday. Pshonka alleges that Tymoshenko … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Friday granted what may be the final four [order list, PDF] cases it will hear this term. After being considered in conference eight times, the court granted Bond v. United States [cert. petition, PDF; docket] and will determine whether Carol Anne Bond … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profiles] stated [press release] on Friday that the continued violence in Syria is harming civilian human rights and humanitarian attempts at aiding those in need. Amos expressed … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official website] on Friday upheld [opinion, PDF] Wisconsin's controversial Budget Repair Bill [Act 10 text] which significantly limits the collective bargaining rights of public sector unions. Act 10 was signed into law by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker [official website] in … [read more]

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