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Legal news from Tuesday, November 22, 2011
by Brandon Gatto

Malaysia's government on Tuesday introduced legislation that will enforce new restrictions on public demonstrations, including a ban on street protests and other rules that opposition leaders believe are too repressive. Proposed by the National Front, Malaysia's ruling party, and supported by Prime Minister Najib Razak, the bill, known as the Peaceful Assembly Bill, …

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by Jamie Reese

The US International Trade Commission (USITC) ruled Monday for Apple on a patent complaint brought by HTC. The USITC found that Apple had not violated Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 by reasons of infringement of Patent Nos. 6,658,146, 6,683,978, 6,775,417 and …

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by Sarah Posner

The relatives of 57 people killed in a 2009 Philippines massacre on Tuesday sued former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo for allegedly assisting the perpetrators. The families seek five million pesos (USD $345,000) from Arroyo for damages caused by her alleged support of the Ampatuan family, whom government prosecutors claim were behind the …

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by Max Slater

The Connecticut Supreme Court on Monday upheld the state's death penalty law. The court's ruling affirmed the death sentence of a man convicted of murdering a 13-year old boy with a sledgehammer in 1997. In its defense of the death penalty, the court invoked provisions of the Connecticut Constitution that permit …

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by Jennie Ryan

A UK appeals court on Tuesday ruled that a special commission charged with investigating the alleged abuse of Iraqi civilians in British-controlled detention facilities between March 2003 and December 2008 lacks independence. The Court of Appeals ordered Defence Secretary Liam Fox to reconsider his refusal to open a single public inquiry into allegations of UK …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The ruling military council in Egypt has committed numerous human rights violations, including abuse of protesters and journalists who voice their dissatisfaction with the government, according to an Amnesty International (AI) report released Tuesday. The report alleges that the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) has used violence and torture …

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by Sarah Posner

Trial began Tuesday for 13 journalists accused of plotting to overthrow the Islamic government in Turkey. The trial lasted only four hours before being adjourned to await a decision from Turkey's high court about whether the presiding judge can hear the case amid allegations by the defense counsel that the judge lacks impartiality. After re-convening December 26, …

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by Jennie Ryan

The Bahrain government on Monday admitted to the use of excessive force against pro-democracy protesters in the region early this year. The admission is a reversal of the country's previous characterization of its crackdown on protesters. Prior to this admission, the Bahraini government defended its actions, which allegedly resulted in the deaths of more …

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by Alexandra Malatesta

The South African National Assembly (NA) passed a controversial state secrets bill on Tuesday designed to protect state secrets related to national security. The African National Congress (ANC), which holds a majority in the NA, was responsible for pushing the legislation through by a vote of 229-107. The bill would criminalize the …

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by Alexandra Malatesta

Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) on Tuesday announced an amendment to a criminal law that would punish those who have contributed to the corruption of politics and damaged the interests of the nation. If convicted, repercussions would include a five-year bar from joining political life, removal from any positions of leadership and …

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by Jaimie Cremeans

International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo arrived in Libya Tuesday to discuss plans for the trials of recently arrested Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of late former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, and Abdullah al-Senussi, former Libyan chief of intelligence, for crimes against humanity. Ocampo will meet with Libyan officials to …

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by Drew Singer

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and a group of independent human rights experts on Monday called on Egyptian authorities to guarantee the protection of human rights and civil liberties during the country's most recent incidents of civilian-police clashes. The rights experts, including the UN special rapporteurs on summary executions, freedom of expression, human rights defenders and …

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by Drew Singer

A five-soldier jury on Friday convicted Army Staff Sgt. David Bram, 27, for a list of charges stemming from his attempt to cover up drug use in his platoon and also to kill Afghan civilians. Bram was sentenced to five years in prison for solicitation to commit premeditated murder and failure to report crimes including murder. …

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