Legal news from Thursday, June 20, 2013
14:06 EDT

[JURIST] North Dakota Judge Wickham Corwin ruled Tuesday that lawsuits challenging two state abortion laws can be combined into one case. The first statute in question is a 2011 law [text, PDF] that limits the drugs that can be used in abortions. The second is a recent statute [JURIST report] [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 6-2 Thursday in Agency for International Development v. Alliance for Open Society International, Inc. [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that the government cannot withhold funding from HIV/AIDS organizations that do not actively denounce prostitution. Under the US Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] North Carolina Governor Patrick McRory [official website] on Wednesday signed into law Senate Bill 306 [text, PDF], repealing the Racial Justice Act (RJA) [text; JURIST news archive] that allowed minority death row inmates to seek a reduced sentence. The 2009 law created an additional path to life imprisonment without [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-3 Thursday in American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant [SCOTSblog backgrounder] that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) [text] does not permit courts to invalidate a contractual waiver of class arbitration on the ground that the plaintiff's cost of individually [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 8-1 Thursday in Descamps v. United States [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] to limit the way sentencing courts can use prior convictions to enhance sentencing for federal crimes. The question before the court was whether Matthew Descamps' burglary conviction under California law could [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Tuesday upheld [opinion, PDF] a lower court's ruling that dismissed a challenge to Arizona's Proposition 100 [text, PDF], a voter-approved amendment which denies bail to undocumented immigrants being held for serious felonies. The plaintiffs, represented by American [read more]

07:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Swiss government cannot reopen the corruption charges against Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari [official website] because the statutory limitations period has lapsed, Pakistan Law Minister Zahid Hamid announced Wednesday. Swiss authorities sent their position in February of this year, but the sealed letter was officially opened [Dawn report] [read more]

07:06 EDT

[JURIST] The government of Myanmar must do more to combat religious and ethnic discrimination against minorities or risk undermining the reform movement according to a statement [text] made by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website] Wednesday. Pillay commended Myanmar President Thein Sein [official website] for statements [read more]

06:06 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge called Tuesday on members of Congress and the president to give serious consideration to formulating a different approach for the handling of Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] detainee cases. The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] released their opinion in the [read more]

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