Legal news from Tuesday, July 16, 2013
15:07 EDT

[JURIST] Three same-sex couples on Monday filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] challenging Arkansas' same-sex marriage ban. The plaintiffs argue that Amendment 83 to the Arkansas Constitution [text, PDF], which reads, "Marriage consists only of the union of one man and one woman," violates their rights to equal protection and due [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] A state judge in North Dakota ruled Monday that a 2011 North Dakota law [HB 1297, PDF] that restricts drug-induced abortions is unconstitutional. Judge Wickham Corwin of the Cass County District Court [official website] had announced his intention to strike down the law following a three-day trial in April, [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of California [official website] on Tuesday rejected a request from Proposition 8 [text, PDF; JURIST news archive] supporters to halt same-sex marriages. Last week attorneys representing Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) and Protect Marriage [advocacy websites] filed a petition [JURIST report] emphasizing that the US Supreme Court's [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich filed an appeal [text, PDF] with the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official site] just before a midnight deadline on Monday, challenging Blagojevich's conviction and sentencing. Blagojevich was found guilty on 18 charges of corruption in his second trial [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) [FJC backgrounder] on Monday granted a motion by Yahoo [corporate website] to declassify a 2008 FISC judgment that required the company to comply with government requests for user information under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) [text]. The FISC also mandated that [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday rejected [press release] a request by Kenyan officials to change the forum of their trials to Kenya or Tanzania. Joshua Sang and William Ruto [ICC materials; JURIST news archive] are accused of inciting violence after the 2007 presidential election, in which 1,100 [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Chinese education system fails to include students with disabilities [press release], according to a report [text] released Monday by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website]. The report, "As Long as They Let Us Stay in Class: Barriers to Education for Persons with Disabilities in China," is based on [read more]

07:07 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for Georgia's Fulton County Superior Court [official website] on Monday stayed the execution of death row inmate Warren Lee Hill [JURIST news archive], which was scheduled for 7:00 PM that night. Hill's attorney, Brian Kammer, issued a statement [CNN report] Monday afternoon announcing that the court had [read more]

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