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Legal news from Tuesday, October 18, 2011

[JURIST] The Washington Office of the Secretary of State [official website] on Monday released [press release] the names of 137,500 people who signed petitions for Referendum 71 (R-71), opposing domestic partnerships, after a federal judge lifted the injunction and granted summary judgment [opinion, PDF] to defendants. In Doe #1 v. … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN-backed Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website; JURIST news archive] announced Tuesday that the trial [press release] of the surviving Khmer Rouge [JURIST news archive; BBC backgrounder] leaders will begin on Monday, November 21. The prosecution will have two days for opening statements followed … [read more]

[JURIST] The European Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website] on Tuesday ruled [materials] that, under European law, a patent cannot be issued for any process which involves removing a stem cell [JURIST news archive] from and then destroying a human embryo. The case stems from a German patent filed by … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina [official website] heard arguments Monday on the constitutionality of North Carolina's controversial new abortion law [HB 854 materials]. The lawsuit [complaint, PDF; JURIST report], brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] and … [read more]

[JURIST] The Israel Supreme Court [official website] on Monday rejected appeals to halt the release of Palestinian prisoners in exchange for a captured Israeli soldier. The petitions arguing against the release of more than 1,000 jailed Palestinians in exchange for captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit [BBC backgrounder] were filed by … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery Gulnara Shahinian [official profile] on Monday said that the Lebanese government must create more legal protections [press release] for some 200,000 domestic workers in the country. Without more regulations, Shahinian said, some could be forced into domestic servitude and be subject … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) [official website] on Monday asked [materials, in French] that the Trial Chamber initiate proceedings in absentia for four wanted suspects in the February 2005 assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik al-Hariri [JURIST news archive]. Pre-trial Judge Daniel Fransen … [read more]

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