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Legal news from Tuesday, December 18, 2012

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] on Monday denied [opinion, PDF] a request by Apple Inc. to permanently enjoin sales of Samsung [corporate website] smartphones. US District Judge Lucy Koh concluded that Apple had not presented sufficient evidence to show … [read more]

[JURIST] A three-judge panel in the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Monday granted [opinion, PDF] permission to Texas officials to immediately appeal a ruling [JURIST report] that rejected a Texas law [SB 14 text] requiring voters to present photo identification to election officials before … [read more]

[JURIST] The Irish government on Tuesday announced plans to introduce legislation [press release] to clarify that abortions are legal when the mother's life is at risk. The legislation is intended to put Ireland in compliance with a 2010 ruling [JURIST report] by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Security Council on Monday approved a resolution [Resolution 2018 (2012) text] extending the terms of 21 judges at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website]. The resolution passed with 14 votes in favor, none opposed and one abstention by the Russian Federation. The … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Tuesday acquitted [judgment, PDF; press release] Congolese militia leader Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui on charges of rape, murder and pillage. Ngudjolo was accused of commanding fighters in a 2003 rebel attack on Bogoro, a strategic village in the mineral-rich Ituri region in … [read more]

[JURIST] The Montana Supreme Court [official website] on Monday affirmed [opinion, PDF] a lower court's dismissal of a lawsuit seeking legal status for same-sex relationships. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] originally filed suit [JURIST report] in July 2010 on behalf of six same-sex couples alleging that state … [read more]

[JURIST] The Polk County court in Iowa ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that both same-sex parents' names should be listed on their child's death certificate. Jennifer and Jessica Buntemeyer, a legally married couple, sued the state of Iowa to include both women's names on the death certificate after Jessica gave birth … [read more]

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