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Legal news from Monday, April 15, 2013
by Michael Haggerson

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc., which deals with the issue of whether human genes are patentable. Myriad Genetics patented two genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2, which are isolated genes—different from native genes because the process …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

The Istanbul 19th criminal court convicted well-known Turkish pianist Fazil Say on Monday for insulting Islam and inciting hatred. Say was given a suspended 10-month sentence. The controversial case focused on several comments Say made through Twitter. Say's lawyers contend that Say did not intend to insult religion and that he …

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by Alison Sacriponte

A Cairo Court of Appeals ordered the release of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak on Monday, as he served the maximum two years in temporary detention. However, he will remain in custody until his fraud charges are adjudicated. Mubarak was originally sentenced to life in prison after being found …

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by Peter Snyder

The US Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a challenge to the New York state gun law requiring those who desire to carry a concealed handgun to show they have a special reason before they can obtain a license. The case, Kachalsky v. Cacace, was decided last November by the US …

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by Lauren Laing

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday urged US President Barack Obama to press United Arab Emirates (UAE) Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to act upon the worsening human rights situation in the UAE. Al Nahyan will visit Obama in the US on Tuesday. HRW's concerns are …

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by Benjamin Minegar

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Monday heard oral arguments in the border dispute between Thailand and Cambodia over land surrounding the Temple of Preah Vihear. The ICJ awarded the temple to the Cambodian city of Phnom Penh in 1962. However, parts of the Cambodia-Thailand border have never been formally demarcated, resulting …

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by Sarah Posner

Al-Shabaab radicals launched an attack on Sunday against Somalia's Supreme Court. The attack, resulting in at least 35 deaths, was one of the worst attacks in years for the country's capital of Mogadishu. According to the Somali government, nine men were involved in the attack against the court, six of whom detonated explosive …

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