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Legal news from Friday, December 21, 2012

[JURIST] The Austrian Constitutional Court [official website, in German] ruled [text, PDF, in German; press release, PDF, in German] Thursday that the EU Data Retention Directive [text, PDF] may violate EU law. The court has referred the case to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website] for additional review. … [read more]

[JURIST] The High Court of England and Wales has refused to allow a legal challenge [judgment] to the possible role of the UK's spy agencies in aiding CIA drone strikes in Pakistan. Noor Khan, the plaintiff, lives in Miranshah, North Waziristan Agency of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) [official … [read more]

[JURIST] The Russian state Duma [official website, in Russian] approved a bill on Friday banning Americans from adopting Russian children [RIA Novosti report]. The Duma later expanded the bill to include foreigners from all countries alleged to have violated Russians' rights. Human Rights Watch [official website] has urged the upper … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Middle District of Alabama [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF; ACLU press release] Friday that Alabama's policy of segregating HIV-positive prisoners violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) [text]. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, … [read more]

[JURIST] Wisconsin's 4th District Court of Appeals ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday that the state's domestic partnership registry does not infringe on the constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Plaintiff Wisconsin Family Action [advocacy website] challenged the Domestic Partnership Registry [Wisc. Stats. 770 text, PDF] as unconstitutional pursuant to the Marriage Amendment … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] ruled [judgment] Thursday that trial court judges may determine on a case-by-case basis whether a Muslim woman should be required to remove her niqab [BBC backgrounder] while testifying in court. The split-decision upholds the ruling [JURIST report] of the Court of Appeal … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry (COI) [official website] in Syria released its latest periodic update [text, PDF; press release] on Thursday, finding persistent violence and human rights abuses. The update covers the period of September 28, when the UN Human Rights Council [official website] passed a resolution … [read more]

[JURIST] Peter Madoff [Bloomberg profile], brother of disgraced financier Bernard Madoff [JURIST news archive] was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison [press release] for his role in Bernard Madoff's multibillion dollar Ponzi scheme. He pleaded guilty [JURIST report] to charges including conspiracy to commit securities fraud, tax fraud, mail … [read more]

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