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Legal news from Tuesday, June 14, 2011
by Zach Zagger

A court in Moscow acquitted human rights activist Oleg Orlov of a libel suit brought by Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov over an allegation that he was responsible for the killing of a Chechen rights activist. The court found that the allegations were hypothetical and thus, did not constitute libel. Kadryov brought the …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

Two South African rights groups on Tuesday filed suit against the government of South Africa to revoke the refugee status of former Rwandan army chief of staff General Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa. The Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) and the Consortium for Refugees and Migrant Rights (CoRMSA) argue that South Africa is violating national and international refugee law …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The French National Assembly on Tuesday voted 293-222 to reject a bill seeking to legalize same-sex marriage. The Union for Popular Movement (UMP), a conservative political party lead by France's President Nicolas Sarkosy, opposed the bill while the Socialist …

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by Zach Zagger

The Philippines Supreme Court said Tuesday that it would allow the live broadcast of the November 2009 Maguindanao Massacre trial subject to guidelines set by the court. The court decided to allow broadcast coverage in this particular situation involving the trial of several members of a clan accused of killing …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

Finnish telecommunications company Nokia announced Tuesday that it has entered into an agreement with Apple, settling all patent disputes between the parties and directing Apple to pay royalties to Nokia for the term of the agreement. Both companies agreed to withdraw all complaints filed with the US International Trade Commission (ITC) …

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by Zach Zagger

The Russian Investigative Committee said Tuesday there is no evidence of undue pressure by superiors on the judge that sentenced former Russian oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky. One of Khodorkovsky's main witnesses, Natalya Vasilyeva a former court aide, was called in for questioning Tuesday by the Committee at …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled in two cases on Monday that schools cannot punish students for speech or writing created outside the school environment. In JS v. Blue Mountain School District, a female middle school student created, on her own computer, a MySpace profile mocking the school principal. The principal …

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by Zach Zagger

The Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) filed a challenge Monday to the newly signed Texas law requiring a sonogram be done before a woman can have an abortion. The CRR filed the lawsuit in the US District Court for the Western District of Texas on behalf of a class of physicians who perform …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday pledged to work with opposition leaders to build the country's new constitution. Erdogan recently won his third consecutive term in parliamentary elections, but his Justice and Development Party (AKP) failed to win a majority of seats in parliament, leaving the …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

Amnesty International urged Malaysia on Tuesday to withdraw an invitation for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to participate in an event there and to arrest him if he travels to the country. Al-Bashir is scheduled to participate in the Langkawi International Dialogue, hosted by Malaysia later this month. The …

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by Zach Zagger

The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) on Monday appealed the dismissal of a case over two Guantanamo Bay detainees,Yasser Al-Zahrani of Saudi Arabia and Salah Al-Salami of Yemen, who committed suicide while in detention in 2006. The CCR filed the appeal in the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official …

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