Legal news from Wednesday, May 8, 2013

[JURIST] Delaware Governor Jack Markell [official website] signed [press release] a same-sex marriage bill [HB 75] into law on Tuesday, making Delaware the eleventh US state to legalize same-sex marriage, and the second to do so [JURIST report] in the past week. Markell signed the bill shortly after a 12-9 … [read more]

[JURIST] A Milan appeals court on Wednesday upheld the tax fraud conviction of former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], affirming his four-year sentence. He was convicted [JURIST report] in October on charges that his media empire Mediaset [corporate website, in Italian] purchased television rights for … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] urged [press release] the Egyptian government on Wednesday to ensure that a draft law on civil society organizations does not give authorities the ability to crack down on such groups. Pillay expressed concern that if the law places significant … [read more]

[JURIST] The Louisiana Supreme Court [official website] decided [opinion, PDF] 6-1 on Tuesday to strike down a law which funds school tuition vouchers for private schools. The court held that the law's diversion of funds from the Minimum Foundation Program (MFP) to non-public schools violated Article VIII, Section 13(B) [text] … [read more]

[JURIST] The Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) war crimes court [official website] on Tuesday acquitted former Bosnian Serb prime minister Gojko Klickovic [case materials; JURIST report] of war crimes charges. Klickovic and another Bosnian Serb official, Mladen Drljaca, were on trial for a second time accused of ordering attack in which … [read more]

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