Legal news from Saturday, February 23, 2013

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official website] refused [opinion, PDF] on Friday to rehear a case decided in December that struck down [JURIST report] Illinois' ban on carrying concealed weapons. Last month, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan [official website] filed a petition for re-hearing en … [read more]

[JURIST] In a statement [press release] to the UN Security Council [official website] on Friday, Special Representative of the Secretary-General Roger Meece [official profile] urged the council to deploy an additional military brigade to help the "overstretched" peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Meece, the head … [read more]

[JURIST] Three briefs on the merits were filed with the US Supreme Court [official website] in the case US v. Windsor [docket; JURIST report] on Friday on the issues of the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) [text; JURIST news archive] and of whether the Court even … [read more]

[JURIST] The Uruguay Supreme Court ruled on Friday that a 2011 law allowing for investigations into crimes committed during the country's 1973-1985 dictatorship is unconstitutional. Uruguay's legislature passed the law in 2011, allowing the government to investigate human rights violations that occurred during the 12-year dictatorship [Library of Congress backgrounder] … [read more]

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