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Legal news from Tuesday, February 7, 2012
by Hillary Stemple

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) issued two rulings on Tuesday upholding the right of the media to report on celebrities and limiting celebrities' right to privacy. In Axel Springer AG v. Germany, the court examined whether a German actor's right to privacy was violated when a paper published a newspaper article and …

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by Brandon Gatto

The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) reported Tuesday that the nearly 11 months of violence in Syria have led to the deaths and injuries of hundreds of children. In particular, UNICEF spokeswoman Marixie Mercado said that, "s of the end of January, 400 children are dead and more than 400 have been detained." Mercado added that …

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by Max Slater

Attorneys for Arizona Governor Jan Brewer filed an opening brief with the US Supreme Court on Monday, asking the court to lift an injunction that has blocked many contentious provisions of a state immigration law from taking effect. SB 1070, passed in April 2010, makes illegal immigration …

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by Sung Un Kim

Trial Chamber III of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Tuesday rendered a judgment against Jelena Rasic, sentencing her to 12 months imprisonment on contempt charges. The judgment came following the acceptance of a plea agreement last week. Rasic was the former case manager for Bosnian war …

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by Hillary Stemple

A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Texas ruled Monday that Texas can begin enforcing a state law that requires women to have a sonogram before undergoing an abortion. In his ruling, Judge Sam Sparks noted that he was ordering the enforcement of the …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Tuesday that Proposition 8, California's ban on same-sex marriage, is unconstitutional. The three-judge panel ruled 2-1 that the voter-approved constitutional amendment violates the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment …

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by Andrea Bottorff

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Monday elected its new president and vice president, who will each serve a term of three years. Judge Peter Tomka of Slovakia will serve as president. Tomka, who has been vice president of the ICJ since 2009, has also worked for the Slovakian Ministry of …

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by Andrea Bottorff

Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed resigned on Tuesday after weeks of protests over the detainment of senior criminal court Judge Abdulla Mohamed, who was arrested last month for corruption. Nasheed, the country's first democratically-elected president, stepped down, saying in a public address: "I believe if I continue as the President of the Maldives, the people of …

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by Julia Zebley

The UN released its annual report Monday on trends in female genital mutilation (FGM), revealing that approximately 2,000 African communities have renounced the practice since last year. The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) compiled the report to fulfill a joint-mission to accelerate the …

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by Julia Zebley

The Court of Appeals in Milan on Monday announced that they will overturn a lower court's verdict on Tunisian former Guantanamo Bay detainee Mohamed Riadh Ben Nasri. Nasri was convicted of terrorism association two years ago, after he was transferred from Guantanamo Bay to stand trial in Italy. He was sentenced to six …

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