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Legal news from Tuesday, June 11, 2013
by G. Redd

The US Department of Justice and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Monday that neither agency will seek to continue the appeal of a ruling that allows women of all ages to access emergency contraception without a prescription. The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit refused to stay the ruling …

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by Theresa Donovan

The US Department of Defense (DOD) on Monday announced that military commission charges have been filed against Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi. Al-Hadi is an Iraqi prisoner who has been held at the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba since 2007. The official charge sheet alleges, among other things, that al-Hadi …

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by G. Redd

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), in conjunction with the New York Civil Liberties Union filed suit Tuesday against the National Security Agency (NSA) challenging its recently revealed phone data collection. As a Verizon business network services customer, the ACLU argues that the program violates the rights of free speech and …

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by Benjamin Minegar

A Zimbabwe court on Monday began the trial of Beatrice Mtetwa, a prominent human rights lawyer charged with obstruction of justice and unruly behavior towards police forces. Mtetwa was arrested in March for allegedly interfering with a police search of her clients' office, but she contends that she was only asking the officers to produce a valid …

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by Benjamin Minegar

The High Court in London ruled Tuesday that the British government acted legally when it set up the Chagos Conservation Trust (CCT) in 2010 on the Indian Ocean archipelago of Chagos. In 1965, the UK government severed the Chagos Islands from the colony of Mauritius just three years before freeing it from colonial rule in …

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by Theresa Donovan

A Pakistani court on Tuesday granted bail to former president Pervez Musharraf in the case of his 2007 detention of senior judges. The detention came after Musharraf imposed emergency rule in Pakistan. Musharraf, however, must remain under house arrest due to an additional case pending against him for the murder of an …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

A criminal court in Kuwait on Monday sentenced a woman to 11 years in prison for remarks she made on Twitter. Huda Al-Ajmi was found guilty of three violations, including insulting the nation's ruler, Emir Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, calling to overthrow the government and misusing her mobile phone. The 11-year prison term is …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Monday dismissed a suit against Monsanto challenging its patents on genetically modified seeds. The suit was filed by farmers that have no desire to sow the genetically modified seeds as a preemptive action against Monsanto, which has a lengthy history …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

The US Supreme Court on Monday denied certiorari in an appeal from two US citizens who were detained and tortured by US forces in Iraq. In Vance v. Rumsfeld [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the court was asked to consider whether federal courts may entertain damages claims brought by US civilians who have been tortured …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

The UK Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC), an independent public body that investigates miscarriages of justice, warned on Monday that the government's proposed changes to legal aid could increase the likelihood of convictions of vulnerable or mentally ill suspects. With a mind towards reduce the costs of legal aid, on April 9 Ministry of Justice …

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