Legal news from Friday, March 22, 2013

[JURIST] Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper [official website] on Thursday signed the "Colorado Civil Union Act," [text, PDF] which will allow civil unions for same-sex couples in the state. The legislation explicitly provides same-sex couples with many of the benefits held by married couples, including dependent insurance coverage and the ability … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday that Maryland can require concealed-carry handgun permit applicants to provide a "good and substantial reason" for wanting to carry a gun outside the home. The three-judge panel unanimously overturned a 2012 district court ruling … [read more]

[JURIST] A Louisiana judge ruled on Thursday that a state law banning felons from possessing firearms is a violation of the State Constitution [text, PDF]. The ruling cited a constitutional amendment [text] that was passed last year through referendum, making the right to bear arms a fundamental right in Louisiana. … [read more]

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico (ACLU-NM) [advocacy website] on Thursday filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] in a New Mexico state court on behalf of two same-sex couples [ACLU backgrounder] seeking the legal right to marry. According to the complaint, the country clerk denied the plaintiffs' application … [read more]

[JURIST] Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] was granted protective bail by the High Court of Sindh Karachi [official website] in Pakistan on Friday. AFP reports that Judge Sajjad Ali Shah set Musharraf's bail [AFP report] at approximately USD $3,000 for the 2007 dismissal of judges, … [read more]

[JURIST] Congolese war crimes suspect Gen. Bosco Ntaganda [BBC profile] voluntarily surrendered himself [ICC press release] into the custody of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Friday. The ICC is now in the process of transferring him to The Hague from Rwanda. The ICC issued two arrest warrants, … [read more]

[JURIST] India's upper house of parliament, the Rajya Sabha [official website], approved a bill [text, PDF] on Thursday that imposes tough penalties on perpetrators of sex crimes. The bill, which was approved by the lower house [JURIST report] earlier this week, increases the punishment for crimes such as rape, stalking … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia [official website] on Wednesday permanently blocked a key provision in Georgia's immigration law that criminalized knowingly transporting or harboring an illegal immigrant during the course of any other crime. Judge Thomas Thrash struck down [AP report] … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon [official profile] announced [remarks] on Thursday that the UN will initiate a probe into the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria. The Syrian government requested the probe [UN News Centre report] earlier this week after anti-government forces carried out an attack on a village … [read more]

[JURIST] Canada's House of Commons [official website] on Wednesday approved a bill [text] to outlaw discrimination against transgender individuals. The bill will go to the Senate, an unelected body, for final approval [AP report]. The bill passed the House of Commons by a vote of 149-136 with the help of … [read more]

[JURIST] Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper [official website] signed [press release] three bills into law on Wednesday which seek to address gun violence. The Prohibiting Large-capacity Magazines [HB13-1224, PDF], Payment For Background Checks For Gun Transfers [HB13-1228, PDF], and Background Checks for Gun Transfers [HB13-1229] Acts were approved by both houses … [read more]

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