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Legal news from Monday, October 22, 2012
by Brandon Gatto

A court in Abruzzo, Italy, on Monday found that six Italian scientists and an ex-government official were negligent in their evaluation of the dangers posed by a 2009 earthquake that killed more than 300 people in the town of L'Aquila. Specifically, sole judge Marco Billi found that the members of the country's Commissione Nazionale dei Grandi Rischi …

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by Brandon Gatto

Former Philippines President and current Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has filed a bill seeking to allow the country's Department of Justice to grant "medical parole" to sick inmates. In particular, the three-page Medical Parole Act of 2012, authored by Macapagl-Arroyo and her son, Representative Diosdado Macapagal-Arroyo …

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by Michael Haggerson

The South Korean government attempted to halt the distribution of anti-North Korea pamphlets across the border into North Korea by activists on Monday after threats from North Korea. North Korea threatened military action if South Korean activists carried out their plan to pass leaflets across the border via balloons. In a post on Friday to the Korean …

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by Dan Taglioli

Apple defeated additional patent infringement claims made by Samsung Electronics in Japan, it was reported Saturday, overcoming Samsung's attempt to enjoin iPhone sales in the country. The Tokyo District Court rejected Samsung's claims that Apple's iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S infringed on Samsung patents in the areas of its …

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by Michael Haggerson

Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of Russian feminist rock band Pussy Riot were transferred to separate regional prisons on Saturday to serve out their two-year sentences for hooliganism and religious hatred in connection with their performance at an protest against Russian President Vladimir Putin at a Moscow cathedral. The …

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by Dan Taglioli

International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda on Monday began her first official visit to Kenya with a statement that the ICC will not delay the scheduled trial of four Kenyans facing charges of crimes against humanity, even though two of the accused will be top candidates in the Kenyan elections …

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