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Legal news from Thursday, May 2, 2013

[JURIST] The Florida Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday that police need a warrant to search a defendant's cell phone at the time of arrest. The court ruled 5-2 that officers were permitted to confiscate the defendant's cell phone, but that they should have obtained a warrant before … [read more]

[JURIST] Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley [official website] on Thursday signed into law [press release] a bill [SB 276 materials] to repeal the death penalty. The legislation, which makes Maryland the eighteenth US state to repeal the death penalty, was approved by the state legislature [JURIST report] in March. Prior to … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar [official website] Tomas Ojea Quintana on Thursday welcomed [press release] recommendations by the Myanmar government's Rakhine Investigation Commission, but also voiced a strong need for the government to address impunity and ensure investigations into credible allegations of systematic human … [read more]

[JURIST] The conditions of Greece's bailout plan, put in place by its international lenders, have severely undercut the ability of Greek citizens to obtain a standard of living in line with international human rights standards, according to a report [press release] released Thursday by UN Independent Expert on foreign debt … [read more]

[JURIST] The son of Libya's deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive] made a second court appearance in Zintan, Libya, Thursday, but the court postponed further proceedings until mid-September in order to allow for adequate trial preparation. Saif al-Islam Gaddafi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] is accused of … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Wednesday appealed an April decision [JURIST report] ordering the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [official website] to make emergency contraceptives including Plan B [JURIST news archive] available without a prescription to women of all ages. In 2005 organizations and … [read more]

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