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Legal news from Wednesday, March 7, 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans

The US government on Tuesday handed over 15 suspected Somali pirates it captured in January to the Republic of Seychelles for prosecution. The suspects are accused of attacking a ship and kidnapping 13 Iranian fisherman, all of whom the US Navy rescued. They will be tried in Seychelles' court established in 2010 to prosecute international …

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by Jaimie Cremeans

UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief Heiner Bielefeldt said Tuesday that states should refrain from using official state religions as a means to enhance their national identity politics, "as this may have detrimental effects for the situation of individuals from minority communities." The statement was part of a presentation at the UN …

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by Jennie Ryan

Samsung Electronics filed a patent suit on Tuesday in the Seoul Central District Court in South Korea alleging Apple infringed three of its utility patents. Samsung alleges that Apple's iPhone 4S and iPad 2 infringe patents it owns involving methods of displaying data, the user interface and text messaging. This latest …

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by Jennie Ryan

A judge in the Dane County Circuit Court on Tuesday issued an injunction temporarily blocking enforcement of the state's controversial new voter identification law, Wisconsin Act 23. The injunction was issued by Circuit Court Judge David Flanagan who said that the Wisconsin law was more restrictive than similar laws that have been upheld …

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