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Legal news from Sunday, December 23, 2012

[JURIST] The Egyptian opposition on Sunday said it will appeal the referendum that appears to have voted in a new constitution backed by ruling Islamic parties. The opposition has alleged the vote was marred by fraud [Al Jazeera report] and irregularities, while the Muslim Brotherhood [official website], the main supporters … [read more]

[JURIST] Philippine President Benigno Aquino [official profile] on Friday signed legislation [PIA report] that criminalizes enforced disappearances. According to the Presidential Communications Operations Office [press release], the Anti-Enforced or Involuntary Disappearance Act of 2012 criminalizes the "arrest, detention, abduction or any other form of deprivation of liberty by agents of … [read more]

[JURIST] An Italian appeals court on Friday overturned the conviction of three Google [corporate website] executives for violating Italian privacy laws by posting a video on Google of a handicapped child being bullied. Google was "delighted" [AP report] to see the convictions overturned and uncertainty over the effects of Italian … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri [official website] on Friday blocked a Missouri law which prohibits mandatory insurance coverage of birth control for any employers with ethical or religious objections, finding that the state law conflicts with the Patient Protection and Affordable … [read more]

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