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Legal news from Friday, December 14, 2012

[JURIST] US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday refused the request for a stay in Hedges v. Obama [docket; JURIST report] that would have temporarily blocked enforcement of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 (NDAA) [text, PDF]. A group of reporters and advocates filed [JURIST report] an … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF] Friday that the country's controversial Anti-Terrorism Act [text; CBC backgrounder] is constitutional, issuing a series of unanimous rulings that establish a definition of terrorism in the country's Criminal Code. In a 7-0 ruling, the court dismissed the appeal brought … [read more]

[JURIST] The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) [official website] announced Friday that accused computer hacker Gary McKinnon [BBC profile; advocacy website] will not face charges [statement] in England and Wales. McKinnon is accused of hacking into NASA, Department of Defense, Air Force, Army and Navy computers in violation of US computer … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Working Group on discrimination against women [official website] on Friday expressed grave concern [press release] over Egypt's draft constitution [text, PDF], scheduled for a referendum on Saturday. Independent expert Kamala Chandrakirana noted that almost no women were included in the Constituent Assembly that approved the draft constitution … [read more]

[JURIST] North Carolina Judge Gregory Weeks ruled [order, PDF] Thursday that racial discrimination played a role in jury selection that secured the death sentences of Tilmon Golphin, Christina Walters and Quintel Augustine, commuting their sentences. Under North Carolina's Racial Justice Act (RJA) [text, PDF], individuals who have received a death … [read more]

[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda told the UN Security Council [official website] Thursday that they are not doing enough [statement] to root out Sudanese war criminals. According to Bensouda, the situation in Darfur [JURIST news archive] continues to be of serious concern, and the … [read more]

[JURIST] A jury in the US District Court for the District of Delaware [official website] found Thursday that Apple Inc. infringed on patents held by MobileMedia Ideas LLC [corporate websites]. The three patents at issue [Bloomberg report] in the case relate to the camera phone, call handling and call rejecting. … [read more]

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