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Legal news from Thursday, December 13, 2012

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday that data stored on personal cell phones is not protected by the Stored Communications Act (SCA) [text]. The court determined that the act does not protect information stored on personal devices such as cell … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] 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) [official website]. Justices Mehmet Guney of Turkey, Khalida Rachid Khan of Pakistan, Arlette Ramaroson of Madagascar, … [read more]

[JURIST] The Honduran National Congress on Wednesday voted to dismiss four justices of the country's Supreme Court [official websites, in Spanish] for alleged abuse of their position. The dismissal of the judges came after the justices ruled last week [AP report] that a police reform bill supported by the congress … [read more]

[JURIST] Opponents of a law allowing the indefinite detention of suspected terrorists on Wednesday filed an emergency appeal [text, PDF] 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' … [read more]

[JURIST] The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Wednesday unanimously dismissed [judgment, PDF; press release] a challenge by former Ivory Coast president and alleged war criminal Laurent Gbagbo [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] that the court lacks jurisdiction to try him. Gbagbo is charged with … [read more]

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Thursday ruled [judgment, PDF] that the government of Macedonia [official website] is responsible for the torture and degrading maltreatment of a man the ECHR found to be an innocent victim of CIA extraordinary rendition [JURIST news archive] in 2003. Lebanese German … [read more]

[JURIST] Uruguay's Chamber of Deputies [official website, in Spanish] on Tuesday approved a bill [press release, in Spanish] to legalize same-sex marriage [JURIST backgrounder]. The measure passed by a wide margin [Buenos Aires Herald report] after eight hours of debate with 81 votes in favor out of 87 lawmakers present. … [read more]

[JURIST] The German Parliament [official website, in German] on Wednesday approved a bill that explicitly permits male infant circumcision [JURIST news archive]. The law comes in response to a Cologne state court [official website, in German] ruling [JURIST report] that circumcision of minors even for religious reasons is prohibited because … [read more]

[JURIST] A court in Florence on Wednesday struck down Law 40 [text, PDF, in Italian], 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 [ANSA report] and the freedom of research. … [read more]

[JURIST] The Colombia Senate [official website, in Spanish] passed a bill [press release, in Spanish] 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 [Reuters … [read more]

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