Constitution Digest

News and announcements from the Comparative Constitutions Project

April 20, 2018

Turkey extends state of emergency, calls snap elections. On Wednesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for snap elections to be held in June, and the Turkish parliament approved a seventh extension of the state of emergency that has been in place since the 2016 coup attempt. The state of emergency allows Erdogan to issue decrees without parliamentary approval, which he has used to crack down on dissent.
SCOTUS rules deportation statute unconstitutionally vague. On Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court ruled that a statute authorizing removal of lawful immigrants convicted of “crimes of violence” was unconstitutionally vague. Notably, Justice Gorsuch sided with Justices Breyer, Ginsburg, Kagan, and Sotomayor in the decision.
Trinidad and Tobago court strikes sodomy law. Last week, the High Court of Trinidad and Tobago struck down a law criminalizing sodomy. The court ruled that the law violated the inalienable rights of the individual.
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