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Legal news from Monday, July 9, 2012

[JURIST] US Representative Edward Markey (D-MA) [official website; press release] 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 [materials] requesting details about their policies and practices for sharing … [read more]

[JURIST] Laws in all countries of the world are limiting assistance and options available to individuals infected with HIV/AIDS, a UN commission reported [text, PDF; UN News Centre report] on Monday. The Global Commission on HIV and the Law [official website] found that a variety of laws and practices worldwide … [read more]

[JURIST] South Sudan [BBC News backgrounder; JURIST news archive] celebrated its first anniversary on Monday, marking one year since it seceded [JURIST report] from northern Sudan [BBC News backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to become the world's newest nation. President Salva Kiir [BBC News profile] marked his nation's first independence day … [read more]

[JURIST] Egyptian-born radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], currently detained in the UK, filed an appeal challenging a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] allowing his extradition to the US. The ECHR ruled [JURIST report] in April that conditions in … [read more]

[JURIST] Two UN Special Rapporteurs on Monday urged [press release] 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 [official websites], the Special Rapporteur on … [read more]

[JURIST] Proponents of a Minnesota ballot initiative [text] to ban same-sex marriage [JURIST backgrounder] under the state constitution on Monday petitioned the state Supreme Court [press release] to restore the original title of the proposed amendment. Secretary of State Mark Ritchie last month changed the title of the ballot initiative … [read more]

[JURIST] 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 [official profile] announced to the parliament that by the end of the year the government will put forth draft legislation to provide judges more … [read more]

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Monday rejected pleas to release two sons of ousted former leader Hosni Mubarak [Al Jazeera profile; JURIST news archive] 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 … [read more]

[JURIST] Arguments began in the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] 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) [official website] under the Voting Rights Act of 1965 … [read more]

[JURIST] 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 [UN News Centre report] … [read more]

[JURIST] A panel commissioned by the Israeli government recommended Monday that the state legalize dozens of unsanctioned West Bank [JURIST news archive] settlements. The government has not yet endorsed the recommendations [AP report], which include facilitating settlement construction by annulling orders of the Supreme Court of Israel [official website, in … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Monday resumed the trial of former Bosnian Serb Army commander Ratko Mladic [ICTY case materials; JURIST news archive]. The court reopened [BBC report] the trial with the testimony of witness Elvedin Pasic, who was a juvenile at … [read more]

[JURIST] Russia's Constitutional Court [official website, in Russian] on Monday ruled that the World Trade Organization (WTO) [official website] accession package protocol [WTO materials] for membership does not offend the Russian Constitution. The court's unanimous decision quashed the challenge brought by a group of 131 opposition lawmakers [RIA Novosti report] … [read more]

[JURIST] A UK court ruled [judgment, PDF] Monday in favor of Samsung Electronics (UK) Limited in a design infringement case brought by Apple [corporate websites]. Apple filed suit against its rival Samsung in the High Court of Justice, Chancery Division [official website], alleging that three of Samsung's tablets infringed upon … [read more]

[JURIST] Newly elected Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi on Sunday issued a decree [text] calling the dissolved Egyptian parliament back into session. The parliament was dissolved in June after the Supreme Constitutional Court [official website] of Egypt ruled that one-third of its members were elected illegally [JURIST report]. Although the court … [read more]

[JURIST] Prominent Bahraini rights activist Nabeel Rajab [JURIST report] was sentenced to three months in prison on Monday in connection to comments he posted on his Twitter [website] page in June. Rajab was arrested last month [JURIST report] for posting the comments to his page. He was released on bail … [read more]

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