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Legal news from Friday, December 21, 2012
by Jerry Votava

The Austrian Constitutional Court ruled Thursday that the EU Data Retention Directive may violate EU law. The court has referred the case to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for additional review. The Directive calls on telecommunications and Internet companies to retain …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

The High Court of England and Wales has refused to allow a legal challenge 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) of Pakistan. Khan's father was killed in a March …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

The Russian state Duma approved a bill on Friday banning Americans from adopting Russian children. The Duma later expanded the bill to include foreigners from all countries alleged to have violated Russians' rights. Human Rights Watch has urged the upper chamber of Russia's parliament to reject the law, …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A judge for the US District Court for the Middle District of Alabama ruled Friday that Alabama's policy of segregating HIV-positive prisoners violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit against the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Wisconsin's 4th District Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that the state's domestic partnership registry does not infringe on the constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Plaintiff Wisconsin Family Action challenged the Domestic Partnership Registry [Wisc. Stats. 770 text, PDF] as unconstitutional pursuant to the Marriage Amendment to Wisconsin's Constitution, which provides, "Only a marriage between …

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by Jerry Votava

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled Thursday that trial court judges may determine on a case-by-case basis whether a Muslim woman should be required to remove her niqab while testifying in court. The split-decision upholds the ruling of the Court of Appeal for Ontario. The Supreme Court sought to strike …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry (COI) in Syria released its latest periodic update on Thursday, finding persistent violence and human rights abuses. The update covers the period of September 28, when the UN Human Rights Council passed a resolution extending the COI's mission, until December 16. According …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Peter Madoff, brother of disgraced financier Bernard Madoff was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison for his role in Bernard Madoff's multibillion dollar Ponzi scheme. He pleaded guilty to charges including conspiracy to commit securities fraud, tax fraud, mail fraud and falsifying records of an investment adviser. US Attorney …

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