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Legal news from Tuesday, November 6, 2012
by Sung Un Kim

Ukrainian opposition parties on Tuesday demanded the recount of votes from 13 districts that maintained power for President Viktor Yanukovich. The Batkivshchyna, the country's far-right nationalist party Svoboda and Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform Vitaliy Klychko have organized protests outside the Central Election Commission's office to argue that the October parliamentary …

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by Sung Un Kim

The parliament of Slovakia on Tuesday rejected a proposed bill recognizing same-sex partnerships within the country. In a 94-14 vote in which 129 members were present, the bill was heavily criticized during the two-day debate for its possible detrimental effect on the country's current legal system. The proposal would have given …

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by Theresa Donovan

A lawyer for human rights activist Sayed Yousif Al-Muhafda said Sunday that his detention has been extended by the Bahrain government. Al-Muhafda, the acting vice president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), was arrested last Friday during an unauthorized protest. This arrest came three days after the BCHR had released a …

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by Sarah Posner

A Turkish court on Tuesday opened a trial in absentia for former Israeli military commanders accused of killing nine Turkish citizens aboard a ship attempting to pass through the Gaza blockade in 2010. The Turkish judge began the proceedings with testimony from people who were on board the flotilla, as well as from relatives of the deceased. …

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by Sarah Posner

A UN independent expert on Monday urged countries to combat hate speech on the Internet, while simultaneously protecting freedom of speech. Special Rapporteur on Racism, Mutuma Ruteere told the General Assembly that an increase of hate websites inciting racial violence necessitates action. Ruteere called on governments, international bodies, private and public sector, and local communities to cooperate in …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

A federal judge in Wisconsin on Monday dismissed a lawsuit by Apple alleging that Google Inc. subsidiary Motorola Mobility has unfair patent licensing practices. The decision was issued just hours before the trial was scheduled to start. Judge Barbara Crabb of the US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin did not give …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) on Tuesday struck down a Hungarian law that lowered the mandatory retirement age for judges. Hungary's Law No LXVII of 1997 on the legal status and remuneration of judge was amended in 2011 to require all judges, prosecutors and notaries to retire at the age …

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by Julia Zebley

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit heard oral arguments Monday in Isaacson v. Horne to consider a new Arizona abortion regulation that would ban abortions after 20 weeks unless there is a medical emergency. A group of doctors, represented by attorney Janet Crepps from …

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by Julia Zebley

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases Monday. In Comcast v. Behrend the court heard arguments on how much judicial discretion is allowed when certifying a class for a class action lawsuit. In this case, the district court certified a class by judicial discretion, without resolving whether …

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