Legal news from Monday, April 15, 2013

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Monday in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc. [transcript, PDF; JURIST report], which deals with the issue of whether human genes are patentable. Myriad Genetics [corporate website] patented two genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2 [NCI backgrounder], … [read more]

[JURIST] The Istanbul 19th criminal court convicted well-known Turkish pianist Fazil Say [personal website] on Monday for insulting Islam and inciting hatred. Say was given a suspended 10-month sentence [Hurriyet Daily News report]. The controversial case focused on several comments Say made through Twitter [media website]. Say's lawyers contend that … [read more]

[JURIST] A Cairo Court of Appeals ordered the release of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak [Al Jazeera profile; JURIST news archive] on Monday, as he served the maximum two years in temporary detention. However, he will remain in custody [Aljazeera report] until his fraud charges are adjudicated. Mubarak was originally … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday declined to hear [order list, PDF] 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. … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [official website] on Monday urged [text] US President Barack Obama to press United Arab Emirates (UAE) [BBC backgrounder] Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan [official website] to act upon the worsening human rights situation in the UAE. Al Nahyan will visit [White House press … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] on Monday heard oral arguments in the border dispute between Thailand and Cambodia over land surrounding the Temple of Preah Vihear [UNESCO profile]. The ICJ awarded [judgment, PDF] the temple to the Cambodian city of Phnom Penh in 1962. However, parts … [read more]

[JURIST] Al-Shabaab [CFR backgrounder] radicals launched an attack on Sunday against Somalia's Supreme Court. The attack, resulting in at least 35 deaths [AP report], 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 … [read more]

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