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Legal news from Thursday, December 13, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled Wednesday that data stored on personal cell phones is not protected by the Stored Communications Act (SCA). The court determined that the act does not protect information stored on personal devices such as cell phones, laptops and personal computers. The lawsuit was brought by …

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by Dan Taglioli

The UN Security Council on Wednesday unanimously adopted a resolution [Resolution 2080 (2012), text] to extend the term of office of five judges of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). Justices Mehmet Guney of Turkey, Khalida Rachid Khan of Pakistan, Arlette Ramaroson of Madagascar, Bakhtiyar Tuzmukhamedov of the Russian Federation and Andresia Vaz [official …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The Honduran National Congress on Wednesday voted to dismiss four justices of the country's Supreme Court for alleged abuse of their position. The dismissal of the judges came after the justices ruled last week that a police reform bill supported by the congress and President Porfirio Lobo was unconstitutional. Lobo indicated …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Opponents of a law allowing the indefinite detention of suspected terrorists on Wednesday filed an emergency appeal with US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to block the law's enforcement. A group of seven individuals and one organization had challenged the law claiming it would stifle journalists' free speech and association rights. Judge Katherine Forrest of the …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday unanimously dismissed a challenge by former Ivory Coast president and alleged war criminal Laurent Gbagbo that the court lacks jurisdiction to try him. Gbagbo is charged with crimes against humanity relating to violence following the 2010 elections …

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by Dan Taglioli

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Thursday ruled that the government of Macedonia is responsible for the torture and degrading maltreatment of a man the ECHR found to be an innocent victim of CIA extraordinary rendition in 2003. Lebanese German citizen Khaled el-Masri was arrested and mistreated for 23 days …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Uruguay's Chamber of Deputies on Tuesday approved a bill to legalize same-sex marriage. The measure passed by a wide margin after eight hours of debate with 81 votes in favor out of 87 lawmakers present. The bill seeks to create a single law granting equal …

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by Dan Taglioli

The German Parliament on Wednesday approved a bill that explicitly permits male infant circumcision. The law comes in response to a Cologne state court ruling that circumcision of minors even for religious reasons is prohibited because the practice amounts to bodily harm. Though the court's judgment …

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by Dan Taglioli

A court in Florence on Wednesday struck down Law 40, Italy's nationwide ban on the use of embryos for scientific purposes. The panel of judges ruled that the law is an unconstitutional violation of fundamental rights regarding health and the freedom of research. The case was originally brought by a couple who wished …

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by Julia Zebley

The Colombia Senate passed a bill on Tuesday that will create a military court for armed forces and police forces who commit crimes. Reportedly, the new law will allow for any armed forces' crimes to be prosecuted by military tribunals rather than civil courts. A spokesperson for the UN …

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