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Legal news from Monday, July 9, 2012
by Dan Taglioli

US Representative Edward Markey (D-MA) on Monday released data from wireless carriers showing large increases in law enforcement agencies' requests for customer cell phone records. Last month Markey sent letters to nine cell phone companies requesting details about their policies and practices for sharing customer phone records with law enforcement. Markey found that more …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Laws in all countries of the world are limiting assistance and options available to individuals infected with HIV/AIDS, a UN commission reported on Monday. The Global Commission on HIV and the Law found that a variety of laws and practices worldwide affect infected persons' ability both to prevent exposure to the …

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by Dan Taglioli

South Sudan celebrated its first anniversary on Monday, marking one year since it seceded from northern Sudan to become the world's newest nation. President Salva Kiir marked his nation's first independence day with an address to assembled dignitaries and a crowd of …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Egyptian-born radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri, currently detained in the UK, filed an appeal challenging a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) allowing his extradition to the US. The ECHR ruled in April that conditions in US prisons for terror suspects do not violate Article 3 …

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by Sung Un Kim

Two UN Special Rapporteurs on Monday urged the government of Philippines to protect human rights defenders and ensure that they can pursue their work without interference. Margaret Sekaggya, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, and Christof Heyns, the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, reported that numerous human rights …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Proponents of a Minnesota ballot initiative to ban same-sex marriage under the state constitution on Monday petitioned the state Supreme Court to restore the original title of the proposed amendment. Secretary of State Mark Ritchie last month changed the title of the ballot initiative from "Recognition of Marriage Solely Between One Man and One …

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by Dan Taglioli

The Singapore government on Monday announced plans to ease mandatory death penalty sentencing requirements for murder and drug trafficking. Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean announced to the parliament that by the end of the year the government will put forth draft legislation to provide judges more leeway to deal with certain drug and murder cases [Reuters …

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by Sung Un Kim

An Egyptian court on Monday rejected pleas to release two sons of ousted former leader Hosni Mubarak while they await trial. Their lawyer, Farid el-Deeb, argued that his clients are detained unlawfully because they were arrested for misdemeanor and not for felony which would allow authorities to detain an individual only up to …

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by Dan Taglioli

Arguments began in the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Monday in a lawsuit brought by Texas against the US government regarding a voter identification law that was blocked by the Department of Justice (DOJ) under the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA). State of Texas v. Holder concerns a 2011 …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

UN Joint Special Envoy Kofi Annan on Monday said that he had reached an agreement with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad to end the violent conflict in the country. Annan, who met with Al-Assad on Monday, said the president was committed to ending violence in Syria and that he would continue to work with the UN …

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by Dan Taglioli

A panel commissioned by the Israeli government recommended Monday that the state legalize dozens of unsanctioned West Bank settlements. The government has not yet endorsed the recommendations, which include facilitating settlement construction by annulling orders of the Supreme Court of Israel and other legal rulings. The Palestinians, 2.5 million of …

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by Sung Un Kim

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Monday resumed the trial of former Bosnian Serb Army commander Ratko Mladic. The court reopened the trial with the testimony of witness Elvedin Pasic, who was a juvenile at the time of the Bosnian civil war …

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by Dan Taglioli

Russia's Constitutional Court on Monday ruled that the World Trade Organization (WTO) accession package protocol for membership does not offend the Russian Constitution. The court's unanimous decision quashed the challenge brought by a group of 131 opposition lawmakers from the Just Russia and Communist [party website, …

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by Sung Un Kim

A UK court ruled Monday in favor of Samsung Electronics (UK) Limited in a design infringement case brought by Apple. Apple filed suit against its rival Samsung in the High Court of Justice, Chancery Division, alleging that three of Samsung's tablets infringed upon Apple's registered design patents while Samsung denied infringement. The issue …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Newly elected Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi on Sunday issued a decree calling the dissolved Egyptian parliament back into session. The parliament was dissolved in June after the Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt ruled that one-third of its members were elected illegally. Although the court said in its decision that the entire body was invalid, …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Prominent Bahraini rights activist Nabeel Rajab was sentenced to three months in prison on Monday in connection to comments he posted on his Twitter page in June. Rajab was arrested last month for posting the comments to his page. He was released on bail after spending three weeks in prison. The case …

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