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Scholar’s 18-Month Prison Sentence for Questioning Nuclear Program Commuted to Fines

A Tehran appeals court has reduced the 18-month prison sentence originally handed down to Sadegh Zibakalam, a Tehran University professor and political analyst, for his public questioning of Iran’s nuclear program and his criticism of the trial process in a state corruption case, to a five million toman fine (approximately $1,600).

Mississippi’s Anti-Choice Admitting Privileges Law Dealt Another Blow

Mississippi's admitting privileges law will remain blocked after the full panel of 15 judges on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals refuses to hear the case again. Image: Shutterstock The post Mississippi’s Anti-Choice Admitting Privileges Law Dealt Another Blow appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Court Won’t Reconsider Decision Overtiring Law Making Mississippi Abortion Free

Earlier today the full 5th Circuit Court of Appeals refused to reconsider a ruling by a three-judge panel which blocked Mississippi from enforcing a law that requires abortionists to have admitting privileges at a local hospital.  The court offered no explanation. The effect is that the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the state’s lone abortion clinic, […]

LOUISIANA: Lambda Legal Files Appeal Of Marriage Ruling To Supreme Court

5 days agoLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

Via Lambda Legal: Lambda Legal and the lawyers representing Forum for Equality Louisiana and seven same-sex Louisiana couples today asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review September’s U.S. District Court ruling upholding Louisiana’s discriminatory marriage ban. Show More Summary

BREAKING: Albert Woodfox’s Overturned Conviction Upheld in Unanimous Fifth Circuit Decision

  We are thrilled and honored to announce that just hours ago, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Judge Brady’s 2013 ruling overturning Albert’s conviction for a third time in a 3-0, unanimous decision (view a PDF of the official court ruling here). Though the courts have finally ruled in the interest of justice, [...]

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to hear arguments in Texas, Louisiana marriage cases on January 9

Fifth Circuit cases will be heard in early January. The post Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to hear arguments in Texas, Louisiana marriage cases on January 9 appeared first on Equality On Trial.

Sweden to Assange: We Won't Ax Arrest Warrant

A Swedish appeals court upheld the arrest warrant for Julian Assange today, dismissing a challenge by the WikiLeaks founder wanted by Swedish prosecutors in an investigation of alleged sex crimes. Confirming a ruling by a lower court, the Svea appeals court said there is no reason to lift the detention...

Supreme Court denies stay of same-sex marriage in South Carolina

A last-minute appeal to halt same-sex marriages in South Carolina was rejected by the Supreme Court on Thursday, a move that clears the way for gay and lesbian couples to wed in the state.

Julian Assange's detention order upheld by Swedish court

A Swedish appeals court upheld the detention order on Julian Assange on Thursday, dismissing a challenge by the WikiLeaks founder who is wanted by Swedish prosecutors in an investigation of alleged sex crimes.

Swedish court rejects Julian Assange's appeal

The Swedish Court of Appeal has upheld the arrest warrant against Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks. A Swedish prosecutor issued the warrant in 2010, but Assange had appealed that the warrant be revoked. Assange is wanted in Sweden for questioning over allegations of rape and sexual assault. Show More Summary

Uber mocks disgraced French political rival as part of petition drive to rally support

As Uber awaits the results of an appeal to a case it lost in a Paris court, the company has launched a petition drive to rally French supporters to its side. In the petition, the company portrays itself as the victim of a campaign coordinated by powerful public transportation incumbents and taxi unions. But it also […]

Marriage Equality Comes to Kansas, South Carolina, Montana

6 days agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

It's been a good week for marriage equality—and it's only Wednesday. Freedom To Marry: This is the 54th court ruling since June 2013 in favor of the freedom to marry. Just four courts - most notably, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit - have upheld marriage discrimination. Show More Summary

MONTANA: AG Tim Fox Vows To Appeal

6 days agoLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

"It is the attorney general’s sworn duty to uphold and defend Montana’s constitution until such time as there is no further review or no appeal can be made in a court of law. Fulfilling that duty, the state of Montana will appeal this ruling in light of the fact that there are conflicting federal court decisions and no final word from the U.S. Show More Summary

South Carolina Begins Issuing Gay Marriage Licenses. Mississippi Could Start Issuing Licenses Soon

Gay marriage rights have advanced in the Deep South as the state of South Carolina started issuing marriage licenses for same-sex couples on Wednesday. The move to allow gay marriages to go forward came when a federal appeals court rejected the state’s attempt to delay them. Show More Summary

Fla. Attorney General Appeals Same-Sex Marriage to 11th Cir.

Back in August, a federal district judge in Florida held that the state's same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional. That was, of course, a lifetime ago in light of what's happened since: The Supreme Court punted, the Sixth Circuit upheld, and same-sex marriage is the law in 33 states (for now).......

South Carolina Earns Stripes Of Progress

6 days agoLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

Yesterday the Fourth Circuit Court refused South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson's demand to continue the stay on same-sex marriages during his appeal. Almost simultaneously, a separate federal court ruled that South Carolina must...Show More Summary

Pele's Son Edinho Arrested and Jailed After Money-Laundering Appeal Fails

Edinho, the son of Brazilian soccer great Pele, has been arrested after losing his appeal in a court case that placed him in the middle of a money-laundering operation. Edinho —full name Edson Cholbi do Nascimento —was sentenced to 33...Show More Summary

Despite Crackdown, Indian Courts Side With Public Health Against Coal

In another major setback for the expansion of the coal industry, a panel of judges rejected the environmental clearance for the IL&FS coal-fired power plant in Tamil Nadu, India. The judges upheld an appeal from local villagers determined to halt the project over concerns about water and air pollution. read more

-7th Circuit: Pastors Can Keep Their Housing Allowance

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned a lower court decision that would  have denied pastors their traditional tax exempt housing allowance which is normally a major part of their compensation package. Here’s the story from Christianity Today: Today, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court’s high-profile 2013 decision that the […]

Federal appeals court refuses to issue stay on marriage equality in South Carolina

last weekNews : The Raw Story

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declined on Tuesday to stay a District Court ruling from last week that struck down the gay marriage ban in South Carolina, meaning same-sex weddings could happen there as soon as Thursday. South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, a Republican, said in a...

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