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Legal news from Friday, May 24, 2013
by G. Redd

African foreign ministers agreed Friday to request that Kenyan leaders accused of inciting violence following the 2007 elections stand trial in their home country rather than before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. This follows Tuesday's report by the Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission connecting the Kenyan leaders to …

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by G. Redd

Finnish telecommunications company Nokia filed suit against Taiwanese company HTC Thursday for selling products in the US that infringe Nokia's patents on mobile technology. Three patents in question involve program products typically used in hand sets for a mobile phone. Thursday's suit brings the total number of Nokia patents being asserted against HTC in courts …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

Hobby Lobby, Inc. requested an exemption from the mandate to provide employees with coverage for contraceptives under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) in an en banc hearing before the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit on Thursday. The Green family, founders of Hobby Lobby and its sister …

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by G. Redd

The European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) and the Kosovo Police Special Operations Unit ROSU arrested five people Thursday on suspicion of war crimes in the 1998-1999 conflict. Although the names of the accused were not released, the lawyer for Sami Lushtaku announced that his client is among …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

US District Judge Denise Cote expressed a tentative view on Thursday that the Department of Justice (DOJ) would be able to show at trial that Apple knowingly participated in and facilitated a conspiracy to raise the prices of e-books with five publishers. She said her view was based largely on material submitted as …

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by G. Redd

The Afghan Parliament approved two new electoral laws Wednesday that will take effect in the elections next spring. According to Tolo News of Afghanistan, the statutes in question will provide a legal framework for the quarantine of ballot boxes and the creation of a complaints commission. Both houses of the Afghan Parliament have been working with President …

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by Alison Sacriponte

US President Barack Obama delivered a speech Thursday on US counterterrorism policy and efforts, outlining plans to restrict the use of unmanned drone strikes and to renew efforts to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay. In Obama's first major speech on counterterrorism since his re-election, he addressed the war on terror: "Our systematic …

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by Matthew Pomy

Lawyers representing Guantanamo Bay prisoners filed a complaint Thursday alleging search policies restrict the detainees' access to counsel. According to a new policy, detainees are subject to a genital pat-down whenever they wish to leave the detention camp, which they must do to meet with their lawyers. This caused representatives for …

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by Matthew Pomy

Amnesty International (AI) on Thursday published its annual report entitled State of the World's Human Rights, which details the human rights landscape across the world in 2012. The report focuses on the increasing danger faced by those displaced from their homes. This includes international refugees displaced by violence and those internally displaced. More than 42 million …

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