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Legal news from Tuesday, October 7, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday struck down same-sex marriage bans in Nevada and Idaho. The court found that the bans violate same-sex couples' due process and equal protection rights. The three-judge panel rejected arguments that same-sex marriages are harmful to children of same-sex couples who may be …

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by Kimberly Bennett

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases Tuesday. In Holt v. Hobbs the court is considering whether an Arkansas prison policy that prohibits Muslim prisoners from growing a half-inch beard violates the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) [42 USC § 2000cc et seq.]. Current prison policy only …

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by Kimberly Bennett

Judges for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Tuesday retired to consider their verdicts in the trial of Bosnian Serb political leader Radovan Karadzic. Prosecutors delivered their closing arguments last month. Karadzic is charged with genocide, crimes against humanity and violations …

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by Alison Sacriponte

A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri ruled Monday that a tactic employed by police to control protesters in Ferguson, Missouri is unconstitutional and issued a preliminary injunction to stop the practice. Police were forcing peaceful protesters to keep moving, a crowd-control tactic that also kept protesters from standing …

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by Alison Sacriponte

The Criminal Chambers of the Spanish National Court decided unanimously Monday that Spain has jurisdiction to investigate the November 16, 1989, massacre of the Jesuits at the Central American University and their two employees as a crime against humanity after a reversal of legislation that had prevented Spanish jurisdiction over international crimes. Earlier this year …

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by Ann Schober

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in a case concerning whether a police officer's "mistake of law" should invalidate the officer's justification for a traffic stop. Heien v. North Carolina is a state court case that involves the arrest of an automobile passenger for cocaine possession after the driver of the …

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by Dominic Yobbi

The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled Monday that the Wisconsin voter ID law is constitutional. The ruling will allow the state to put the law into effect during the November 4 midterm elections. The ruling did not come as a surprise since the same three-judge …

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by Dominic Yobbi

Trial Chamber III of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday set the closing arguments for the case against Jean-Pierre Bemba for the week of November 10. The closing statements were delayed so that the Chamber may hear the testimony of Witness P-169, who is being brought as per the defense's request to …

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