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Legal news from Thursday, February 28, 2013
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The Spanish Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a city ban on wearing veils over the face in municipal buildings, finding that the law infringes on religious freedom. The city of Lleida, in Catalonia, was the first Spanish city to impose such a ban, but only about …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The Supreme Court of Canada on Thursday declined to hear the appeals of three men convicted of participation in a terrorist plot. Zakaria Amara, Saad Khalid and Saad Gaya, who were members of the "Toronto 18" terrorist group, were given sentences ranging from 14 years to life for their participation in a failed plot to enact a …

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by Daniel Mullen

The US House of Representatives on Thursday approved the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) by a vote of 286-138 with seven not voting. The Senate approved the same version of the bill earlier this month, and it will now go to President Barack Obama for …

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by Daniel Mullen

Pfc. Bradley Manning pleaded guilty on Thursday to 10 of the 22 charges against him for providing classified materials to WikiLeaks in what the government says is the largest leak of classified documents in US history. Manning, who is charged with violating the Espionage Act, pleaded not guilty …

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by Keith Herting

The appeals chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Thursday overturned the convictions of ex-Yugoslav army chief Momcilo Perisic for crimes against humanity and violations of the laws or customs of war. The appeals chamber found that the court's trial chamber had …

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by Keith Herting

The Arkansas Senate voted Thursday to override a veto by Governor Mike Beebe of the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act which bans most abortions in the state 20 weeks after conception. The ban became law immediately following the Senate's 19-14 vote to override the veto issued by Beebe on …

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by Brandon Gatto

California Attorney General Kamala Harris on Wednesday filed an amicus curiae brief with the US Supreme Court arguing that the ban on same-sex marriage imposed by the state's Proposition 8 is unconstitutional and should therefore be overturned. In particular, Harris contended that the purpose …

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by Brandon Gatto

UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in North Korea Marzuki Darusman and a group of independent human rights experts on Thursday announced their support for an international inquiry into human rights violations in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to bring awareness to the country's system of political prison camps. Emphasizing that the …

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by Sung Un Kim

The International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) on Thursday sentenced to death Jamaat-e-Islami party (JI) leader Delwar Hossain Sayeedee. Following the death sentence, violence between police and activists from Sayeedee's party ensued throughout the country resulting in at least 30 deaths while more than 300 were wounded. …

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by Sung Un Kim

The Tokyo District Court on Thursday rejected a patent infringement claim brought by Samsung against Apple. Samsung accused Apple of stealing its data transmission technology used in Apple's iPhone smartphones, but the court dismissed the challenge. The alleged patent infringement involved technologies for optimizing transmission and reducing power usage during data …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

The National Congress of Argentina on Thursday approved an agreement with Iran to investigate the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires. Argentinian courts have long accused Iran of sponsoring the attack, which killed 85 people, and in 2007 Argentinian authorities secured Interpol arrest warrants for five Iranians, including current …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled Wednesday that limitations on free speech with regards to hate speech are constitutionally valid. Under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, every Canadian is entitled to "freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication." This provision is limited by …

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by Addison Morris

Three UN independent human rights experts on Wednesday urged the government of Zimbabwe to respect international human rights including privacy and freedom of association, in light of growing hostility toward civil society organizations. In the weeks leading up to the country's March 16 constitutional referendum, with a subsequent election to take place in …

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by Julia Zebley

The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously in Gabelli v. Securities and Exchange Commission that the statute of limitations under 28 USC § 2462 begins tolling when the fraud occurs, not when it is discovered. Chief Justice John Roberts delivered the opinion of the court. The federal government and Securities and Exchange Commission …

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