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Legal news from Tuesday, June 20, 2017
by William Theisen

The Supreme Court of Georgia issued a landmark ruling Monday, holding that the state is immune from litigation unless it consents to being sued, rejecting a challenge to a 20-week abortion ban. Justice Blackwell began the 71-page opinion by writing "Simply put, the constitutional doctrine of sovereign immunity forbids our courts to entertain a …

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by Autumn Callan

The European Court of Human Rights ruled Tuesday that a Russian law prohibiting the promotion of homosexuality is discriminatory and violates the European Convention on Human Rights. The suit was brought by three activists—Nikolai Bayev, 42; Aleksei Kiselev, 33; and Nikolai Alekseyev, 39 — who were arrested and fined for carrying banners stating …

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by William Theisen

The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on Monday in favor of a man who has been sentenced to death in Alabama, holding that he had not received "the psychiatric examination and assistance necessary to prepare an effective defense based on his mental condition" as required after the 1985 case Ake v. Oklahoma. James McWilliams was …

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by Lindsay Offutt

The UNWorking Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (UNWGEID) reported on Monday that The Gambia is experiencing "encouraging signs in moves to shed light on past human rights violations." In addressing the recurring enforced disappearances of many Gambians, the UNWGEID's Chair, Houria Es-Slami and fellow delegation member Henrikas Mickevicius said, "we welcome the commitments made by the …

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by Lindsay Offutt

The US Supreme Court on Monday reversed a decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, finding that the circuit court did not have authority to review the trial court's decision where the trial court had not violated defendant's due process rights during the penalty phase of his criminal trial. In Jenkins v. …

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by Autumn Callan

A judge for the US District Court of the Northern District of Florida ruled Monday that a large cross erected in a Pensacola park is in violation of the First Amendment, specifically the Establishment Clause. The Freedom From Religion Foundation and the American Humanist Association's Appignani Legal Center filed the suit on behalf …

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