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Legal news from Tuesday, June 11, 2013

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [official websites] announced Monday that neither agency will seek to continue the appeal of a ruling [opinion, PDF] that allows women of all ages to access emergency contraception without a prescription. The US Court of Appeals for … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] on Monday announced [press release] that military commission charges have been filed against Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi [BBC profile]. Al-Hadi is an Iraqi prisoner who has been held at the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] detention center in Cuba since 2007. The official … [read more]

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), in conjunction with the New York Civil Liberties Union [advocacy websites] filed suit [complaint, PDF] Tuesday against the National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] challenging its recently revealed phone data collection. As a Verizon business network services customer, the ACLU argues [press release] … [read more]

[JURIST] 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 [JURIST report] for allegedly interfering with a police search of her clients' office, but she contends that … [read more]

[JURIST] The High Court in London ruled Tuesday that the British government acted legally when it set up the Chagos Conservation Trust (CCT) [official website] in 2010 on the Indian Ocean archipelago of Chagos [CIA backgrounder]. In 1965, the UK government severed the Chagos Islands from the colony of Mauritius … [read more]

[JURIST] A Pakistani court on Tuesday granted bail to former president Pervez Musharraf [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] 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 [AP report] due to an … [read more]

[JURIST] A criminal court in Kuwait on Monday sentenced a woman to 11 years in prison for remarks she made on Twitter [website]. Huda Al-Ajmi was found guilty of three violations, including insulting the nation's ruler, Emir Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah [official website], calling to overthrow the government … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit [official website] on Monday dismissed [opinion, PDF] a suit against Monsanto [corporate website] 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 … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday denied [order list, PDF] 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 … [read more]

[JURIST] The UK Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) [official website], 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 … [read more]

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