Legal news from Wednesday, June 5, 2013
15:06 EDT

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] on Tuesday filed a lawsuit [ACLU report] in a Los Angeles federal court, alleging that Border Patrol and immigration officers are guilty of coercing hundreds, or possibly thousands of Mexican nationals into signing their own deportation documents and forfeiting their right [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission [official website] on Wednesday lifted the country's ban against YouTube [website]. The website has been banned since September, after an anti-Islam movie appeared on the site. The movie, titled Innocence of Muslims [BBC backgrounder], is a spoof film that characterizes the Prophet Mohammed as [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] A district court in Ljubljana [official website, in Slovenian] on Wednesday convicted former Slovenia [CIA backgrounder] prime minister Janez Jansa [official website] of corruption and sentenced him to two years in prison. The trial began in September 2011 [BBC report], with Jasna and two others accused of soliciting bribes [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US International Trade Commission (ITC) [official website] on Tuesday issued a limited import ban [text] and a cease-and-desist order against Apple for AT&T models of the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 3G and iPad 2 3G after finding the devices violate a patent held by Samsung Electronics [corporate [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Tuesday called on the Mexican government to investigate the disappearances [report, PDF; press release] of thousands of people and acknowledge the government's involvement in the disappearances. AI's report said 26,121 people were reported disappeared or missing between December 2006 and December 2012, but [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Tuesday urged [press release] the Turkish government to ensure the right of its citizens to assemble freely and in a peaceful manner. The OHCHR is responding to days of violent clashes between police and protestors. [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] Burundi lawmakers passed a media law on Monday that restricts journalistic freedom by limiting topics that can be reported on and reducing the protection afforded to sources. The bill prohibits stories [HRW report] that could affect Burundi's "national unity; public order and security; morality and good conduct; honor and [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] There is a racial bias in marijuana possession arrest rates press release], with black people 3.7 times more likely to be arrested than white people, according to a report [text, PDF] released Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website]. The report is the first of its [read more]

07:06 EDT

[JURIST] The White House [official website] on Tuesday announced a set of executive actions [press release] aimed at cracking down on abusive patent infringement lawsuits. These steps are aimed at people or firms, often referred to as "patent trolls," who collect patents for the sole purpose of pursuing litigation against [read more]

06:06 EDT

[JURIST] A group of independent UN experts on Tuesday urged the government of El Salvador to reconsider its strict abortion ban [press release] in light of a recent ruling by its Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish] The decision denied a 22-year-old woman, Beatriz, the right to an abortion. Beatriz's [read more]

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