Legal news from Friday, April 12, 2013
17:04 EDT

[JURIST] France's Senate [official website] voted on Friday in favor of a same-sex marriage bill that would allow same-sex couples to wed and adopt children. The bill [text, in French] will return in May to the National Assembly [official website] for final approval, and would then become law this summer. [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Friday released a revised ruling [text, PDF] ordering the deportation of former El Salvador General Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova. The DOJ Executive Office for Immigration Review [official website] issued the ruling in August, ordering the deportation of Vides for crimes [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] German prosecutors on Friday charged former president Christian Wulff with corruption for allegedly accepting bribes in exchange for political favors before his assent to office in 2010. In 2008 then-govenor Wulff reportedly accepted [AP report] approximately €4000 (USD $5000) from German film producer David Groenewold to cover hotel bills [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] A Pakistan court on Friday extended by six days the bail granted to former president Pervez Musharraf [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], who faces charges of detaining judges during his time in office. The Islamabad High Court also ordered Musharraf to post bond for Rs 500,000, or just over [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] Turkey's Grand National Assembly [official website, in Turkish] approved amendments [BIA summary] to the country's anti-terrorism legislation on Thursday to bring the legislation more in line with EU freedom of expression standards. Through the amendments Turkey will narrow its definition of terrorism propaganda [Reuters report]. Amendments to Article 6 [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] A French court on Friday allowed the sale of 70 ancient Native American artifacts, primarily originating from Arizona's Hopi Tribe [official website], despite appeals for delay to better determine the legal status of the items. The artifacts include painted masks and headdresses that are said to be sacred among [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] A UN independent expert on minority issues on Thursday urged [press release; UN News Centre report] the international community and African States to strengthen protection for minority groups throughout Africa. Independent Expert Rita Izsak explained that the African Commission needs to implement a systematic solution for ensuring that the [read more]

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