On Tuesday, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia upheld Milan Lukic’s life sentence. Lukic, the Bosnian Serb commander sentenced to life in prison for crimes that include burning 100-plus people alive during the Bosnian War, had submitted eight appeals against his crimes against humanity and violations of the customs of war convictions on counts of murder, persecution, extermination cruel treatment and other inhumane acts against Bosnian Muslims. This is the first time ever that the Appeals Chamber of the ICTY has upheld a life imprisonment sentence. Also on Tuesday, the Appeals Chamber reduced the sentence of Lukic’s cousin, Sredoje Lukic, from 30 years to 27 years.
On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge for the Eastern District of California William Shubb temporarily blocked the State of California from enforcing a law prohibiting mental health providers from engaging in SOCE, sexual orientation change efforts, with minors. California Senate Bill 1172 would subject any mental health provider who does engage in such efforts to discipline for unprofessional conduct. Mental health providers sought to block the law before it goes into effect on January 1st, on grounds that it violates their First Amendment freedom of speech, and Judge Shubb, finding that the plaintiffs were likely to succeed on the merits, granted the preliminary injunction limited only to the three plaintiffs.