Legal news from Thursday, December 19, 2013

[JURIST] The New Mexico Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] on Thursday that it is unconstitutional to deny same-sex couples the right to marry. The court's decision comes only a few months after a New Mexico trial judge ordered district court clerks to begin granting marriage licenses [JURIST report] … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Senate [official website] passed a spending bill [text, PDF] and presented the legislation to President Obama on Wednesday, scaling back the across-the-board spending cuts that went into place earlier this year. The bill also passed the US House of Representatives [official website] with bipartisan support, and is … [read more]

[JURIST] The British National Security and Intelligence Committee revealed in a report [text, PDF] on Thursday that an investigation has found evidence that Britain has been complicit in the torture and rendition of terror suspects. The investigation was run by Sir Peter Gibson [materials], a retired judge, and involved reviewing … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on Wednesday ordered Detroit to renegotiate its bankruptcy-related financing with UBS and Bank of America [corporate websites]. Judge Steven Rhodes found that the deal, which required Detroit to pay the banks 75 percent of its debt … [read more]

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Thursday acquitted former Egyptian prime minister and presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq and Alaa and Gamal Mubarak, the sons of deposed president Hosni Mubarak [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], of charges of embezzling public funds. In 2012 Shafiq was accused of misusing public funds [JURIST report] … [read more]

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