Legal news from Thursday, August 1, 2013

[JURIST] Civil liberties and gay-rights groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Lambda Legal [advocacy websites] on Thursday filed a federal lawsuit [press release] on behalf of two same-sex Virginia couples. One of the couples is seeking to enter into a same-sex marriage, while the other couple is … [read more]

[JURIST] A Bangladesh high court ruled on Thursday that Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) [party website, in Bengali; GlobalSecurity backgrounder] was illegally registered as a political party and therefore cannot bring forward candidates for the country's January 2014 election. The court stated, however, that JI may be re-registered if it amends its charter … [read more]

[JURIST] A North Dakota judge on Wednesday granted a preliminary injunction against legislation that would have forced the Red River Clinic [clinic website] in Fargo, North Dakota, to close. The law [SB 2305, PDF] imposes requirements that any physician performing abortions in the state must have admitting privileges at a … [read more]

[JURIST] The lower house of the Uruguayan Congress [official website] on Wednesday approved legislation [text, PDF, in Spanish] that would allow the national government to take charge of production and distribution of legal marijuana. The legislation passed [AP report] by a vote of 50-46 but still has to be approved … [read more]

[JURIST] Ahmed Ibrahim, former minister of education and information for Libya, was sentenced to death on Wednesday for inciting citizens in Muammar Gaddafi's hometown and place of death, Sirte [map], to oppose the rebellion. He is the first member of Gaddafi's ministry to receive a death sentence [AP report], which … [read more]

[JURIST] Philippe Duamelle, the UNICEF [official website] representative in Egypt, expressed concern [press release] Tuesday that children are being used as symbolic witnesses and subjected to violence in the recent unrest. This comes amid escalating political violence in Cairo [JURIST news archive], as Duamelle already released one statement in March … [read more]

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