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Legal news from Friday, December 14, 2012
by Julia Zebley

US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday refused the request for a stay in Hedges v. Obama that would have temporarily blocked enforcement of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 (NDAA). A group of reporters and advocates filed an emergency appeal with Ginsburg Thursday in the hopes …

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by Addison Morris

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled Friday that the country's controversial Anti-Terrorism Act 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 by Mohammed Momin Khawaja, the …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) announced Friday that accused computer hacker Gary McKinnon will not face charges 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 laws [18 USC § 1030] but claims he was trying …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The UN Working Group on discrimination against women on Friday expressed grave concern over Egypt's draft constitution, 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 last month, saying that, "women's perspectives were grossly …

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by Matthew Pomy

North Carolina Judge Gregory Weeks ruled 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), individuals who have received a death sentence may attempt to have that sentence removed by presenting …

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by Alison Sacriponte

International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda told the UN Security Council Thursday that they are not doing enough to root out Sudanese war criminals. According to Bensouda, the situation in Darfur continues to be of serious concern, and the ongoing violence constitutes war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. …

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by Matthew Pomy

A jury in the US District Court for the District of Delaware found Thursday that Apple Inc. infringed on patents held by MobileMedia Ideas LLC. The three patents at issue in the case relate to the camera phone, call handling and call rejecting. The court has not scheduled when it will determine damages. …

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