Constitution Digest

News and announcements from the Comparative Constitutions Project

May 18, 2018

SCOTUS ruling opens door for legalization of sports gambling. On Monday, the United States Supreme Court struck down a federal law which banned states from authorizing sports betting, finding that it unconstitutionally commandeered state sovereignty. The ruling could also impair the federal government’s ability to stamp out “sanctuary cities.”
Philippine senators challenge ouster of top judge. Yesterday, a majority of Philippine senators approved a resolution challenging the Supreme Court’s recent vote to remove Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, who has been a fierce critic of President Rodrigo Duterte. The group of senators, which includes Duterte supporters, is arguing that removal is exclusively a congressional right.
Kenyan court upholds marital property law. On Monday, the High Court of Kenya dismissed a challenge to the Marriage Properties Act, which apportions property in divorce proceedings according to how much each spouse has contributed — a metric which substantially disfavors women. The petitioners, who plan to appeal the ruling, argued that the law violates the constitutional guarantee of equal rights in marriage.
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