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Legal news from Tuesday, July 12, 2011
by Zach Zagger

The Moroccan Human Rights Association (AMDH) Tuesday called for a judicial investigation into the circumstances surrounding the passage of a public referendum to adopt a new constitution. The group released a report that says it has evidence authorities used the state machinery to influence the referendum on the country's new constitution, calling for …

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by Chris Morris

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay expressed support Tuesday for Senegal's decision not to send former dictator Hissene Habre back to Chad, where he is wanted for war crimes. She stressed, though, that Habre should not be expected to live with impunity in Senegal, which reversed …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The French National Assembly on Tuesday voted 482 to 27 to authorize France's continued participation in NATO operations in Libya. The military intervention began on March 19 in response to violent reactions from Libyan leader Mummar Gaddafi after pro-democracy protests erupted February 15, 2011, in the eastern …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

An Egyptian court on Tuesday convicted former prime minister Ahmed Nazif and two Cabinet officials of corruption and sentenced them to various prison terms. Nazif was sentenced to one year, while former interior minister Habib el Adly, who is already serving a 12-year prison sentence, was sentenced to five years. Former finance minister Yousef Boutros was tried …

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by Chris Morris

Apple filed a complaint against HTC Friday with the US International Trade Commission (USITC) for patent infringement related to scrolling and touchscreen features. HTC denied this claim. This is the second suit that Apple has brought against HTC. Last year, Apple filed suits in …

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by Zach Zagger

Five Somali men went on trial Tuesday in a Dutch court on charges of maritime piracy related to hijacking a South African yacht and kidnapping its crew. The Netherlands Public Prosecution Service spokesman, Wim De Bruin, said the Somalis were between 20 and 30 years old and could …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev proposed a bill on Tuesday calling for, among other penalties, chemical castration of individuals convicted of sexual offenses against children. The bill, which seeks to deter such crimes, was sent to the State Duma, the lower house of Parliament, for further debate. Medvedev first proposed that …

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by Chris Morris

Gay rights group Lambda Legal filed a petition for writ of certiorari Monday with the US Supreme Court to review Adar v. Smith, involving a same-sex couple who want both their names on the birth certificate of an adopted child. Though adopted in New York, the child was born …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The US is violating UN laws governing torture investigations by insisting on monitoring conversations with an imprisoned army private, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Mendez said Tuesday. Pfc. Bradley Manning is accused of leaking a controversial classified video of a 2007 US helicopter strike in Iraq and classified State …

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by Zach Zagger

A coalition of Israeli rights groups led by Gush Shalom filed a challenge Tuesday in the Supreme Court of Israel to a new law banning boycotts to Jewish settlements in the West Bank. The Israeli Knesset passed the law Monday making it illegal to boycott the West …

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by Chris Morris

The EU Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled on Tuesday that online auction company eBay may be liable for trademark infringement on the part its users. L'Oreal, the world's largest cosmetics producer, is accusing eBay of facilitating the sale of items not meant for EU markets and also for …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday urged the Obama administration to begin a criminal investigation into alleged detainee abuses authorized by former US president George W. Bush following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In a report entitled "Getting Away with Torture: The Bush Administration and Mistreatment of Detainees," …

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by Zach Zagger

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Monday ordered the Obama administration to say whether it plans to defend the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" (DADT) [10 USC § 654 text; JURIST news archive] policy that bars gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military. The court said that it appeared from the …

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