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15:01 EDT

[JURIST] US Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues Stephen Rapp [official profile; introduction by Professor Charles Jalloh, PDF] said Thursday that no US president is likely to present the Rome Statute [text] of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] to the US Senate for ratification in the "foreseeable future." Speaking [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] Ireland's restrictive abortion laws [advocacy backgrounder] increase health risks to women and expose them to deliberate misinformation about abortion procedures, according to a report [text; press release] released on Thursday by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website]. Ireland's current legislation prohibits abortion for any reason except when the mother's [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama sharply criticized the Supreme Court's recent decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission [JURIST report], which eased restrictions on political campaign spending by corporations and labor unions, in his State of the Union Address [transcript] Wednesday night. Obama warned of the increased potential for [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Canadian Office of the Privacy Commissioner [official website] announced Thursday that it would launch a new probe [new release] of Facebook [website] to investigate privacy issues in response to a recent complaint. Facebook's privacy tool, which it introduced in December, requires users to review their privacy settings. The [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] Honduran President Porfirio Lobo [NYT profile] on Wednesday granted amnesty to both former president Manuel Zelaya [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and military leaders accused of participation in a June 2009 coup [JURIST report] against Zelaya. Making the decree during his inaugural address [Wall Street Journal report], Lobo said [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] Two Iranians were executed [ISNA report, in Persian] Thursday and nine others have been sentenced to death for their roles in last summer's post-election protests [JURIST news archive], according to the semi-official Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) [media website]. The two executed men, identified as Momammed Reza Ali Zamani [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] Apple [corporate website] could face legal problems in registering a trademark for its new iPad tablet computer product announced [press release] on Wednesday. Since 2003, the computing company Fujitsu has been attempting to register the "IPAD" [USPTO record] mark in the US for a wireless retail computing device. Apple, [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] A French court on Thursday acquitted former prime minister Dominique de Villepin [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] of all charges for his role in an alleged plot to defame several businessmen, including current President Nicolas Sarkozy [official profile, in French; JURIST news archive]. Prosecutors claimed de Villepin failed to [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] French President Nicolas Sarkozy [official profile, in French; JURIST news archive] called Wednesday for strong banking regulations [speech, PDF; press release] to restore the "moral dimensions" of capitalism. Speaking at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting [official website] in Davos, Switzerland, Sarkozy called the current financial malaise a "crisis [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] Russian racial hate crimes decreased slightly in 2009 [press release] because of increased police efforts, according to the SOVA Center [advocacy website] on Wednesday. According to the group, 71 people were killed and 333 wounded in racially motivated attacks in 2009, down from 110 killed and 487 wounded in [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg [official website] on Wednesday cited costs and potential disruptions to the lives of New Yorkers in urging the federal government not to try alleged 9/11 conspirator Khalid Sheikh Mohammed [JURIST news archive] and other high-profile terror suspects in New York City. Bloomberg said [read more]

07:01 EDT

[JURIST] US citizen David Headley pleaded not guilty Wednesday to 12 charges related to the 2008 Mumbai terror attack [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] and an alleged conspiracy against the Danish creator and publishers of controversial cartoons [JURIST news archive] depicting the Prophet Muhammad. The government has accused [indictment, PDF] [read more]

06:01 EDT

[JURIST] A US immigration judge granted asylum [press release] to a German family on Tuesday, ruling that Germany's laws against homeschooling [HSLDA backgrounder] gave the family a well-founded fear of persecution. The Romeike family fled Germany [AP report] in 2008, two years after pulling their children out of German public [read more]

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