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Legal news from Friday, August 24, 2012

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Friday upheld [opinion text, PDF] the life sentence imposed on a former Osama bin Laden aide after he stabbed a prison guard in the eye in 2000. Mamdouh Mahmud Salim, 54, is a Sudanese-born Iraqi who at … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Friday rejected an appeal [opinion, PDF] of a lower court decision that dismissed a challenge to federal funding of human embryonic stem cell [JURIST news archive] research. The three-judge panel found no error in the … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that tobacco companies do not need to print graphic warnings of the dangers of smoking on cigarette packages. In a 2-1 decision, the DC Circuit struck down a Food and Drug Administration … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Friday called on China to stop forcibly returning thousands of Kachin refugees to northern Myanmar [JURIST news archive]. HRW reported that Chinese authorities repatriated more than 1,000 Kachin refugees to Myanmar [HRW report] last week and plan to deport another 4,000 in … [read more]

[JURIST] Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach [official website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] on Thursday in the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas [official website] challenging a policy directive [memorandum, PDF; JURIST report] to defer the deportation of young illegal immigrants. The lawsuit was filed on … [read more]

[JURIST] The Pennsylvania Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday agreed to expedite its hearing [order, PDF] of the challenge to the state's new voter ID law [HB 943 materials]. The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court [official website] declined to issue an injunction [JURIST report] against the law last week. The decision prompted … [read more]

[JURIST] A South Korean court ruled Friday that Apple and Samsung Electronics [corporate websites] infringed on certain patents of the other, and the court banned the sales of some of the companies' products in the country. The Seoul Central District Court held that Apple violated two Samsung patents [Bloomberg report] … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice [official website] announced [press release] Tuesday that it is shutting down three of the most highly trafficked Android [corporate website] piracy websites. This marks the first time the DOJ has seized website domains involving cell phone apps. The DOJ acted in conjunction with the … [read more]

[JURIST] Germany's Justice Ministry [official website, in German] has introduced legislation that would grant several additional marriage rights to couples in same-sex civil unions. The move has reignited the same-sex marriage [JURIST backgrounder] debate in Germany which legalized same-sex unions in 2001 but reserved several rights to heterosexual married couples. … [read more]

[JURIST] Egypt President Mohammed Morsi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] issued a new law on Thursday that bans pre-trial detentions of journalists for speaking out against the government. The new law, the first decree Morsi has issued since he granted himself executive and legislative powers last week [JURIST report], ends … [read more]

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