Legal news from Friday, December 20, 2013

[JURIST] The Ugandan Parliament [official website] announced on Friday the passing of the anti-gay bill [press release] that, if signed by President Yoweri Museveni [official website] in the next 30 days, will criminalize homosexuality and impose harsh jail terms for same-sex relationships. The bill stipulates a fourteen-year jail term for … [read more]

[JURIST] President Barack Obama [official website] on Thursday commuted [press release] the sentences of eight inmates currently serving lengthly prison terms for crack cocaine offenses, citing the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 (FSA) [text, PDF]. The FSA reduced significant disparities in convictions of drug offenses related to crack cocaine and … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] on Friday struck down [judgment] three of the country's anti-prostitution laws, finding that they violated the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms [text]. While prostitution is not illegal in Canada, the laws at issue banned keeping a brothel, living on the avails … [read more]

[JURIST] Russian President Vladimir Putin [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] signed a decree on Friday pardoning former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive], and releasing him from prison. Khodorkovsky has already spent over a decade in prison for fraud, theft and money laundering. In a statement posted … [read more]

[JURIST] The Pennsylvania Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday ruled [opinion, PDF] that portions of Act 13 of 2012 [materials, PDF], a statute amending the Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Act [text], are unconstitutional. Specifically, the court found that the act violated the Pennsylvania Constitution by placing zoning rights regarding hydraulic … [read more]

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