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Legal news from Friday, June 21, 2013
by G. Redd

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Thursday that it has officially approved the brand-name emergency contraceptive Plan B Onestep for all women of child-bearing potential without a prescription, regardless of age. This approval comes following an order issued last week by Judge Edward Korman of the US …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The upper house of Japan's National Diet, the House of Councillors on Friday gave final approval to legislation aimed at combating bullying. The law defines bullying that causes serious mental or physical harm as "serious." Under the new legislation, schools must report serious cases to the appropriate governmental bodies and set …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Oregon Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a death row inmate cannot reject a reprieve by the governor. Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber in 2011 issued a temporary reprieve for death row inmate Gary Haugen, just before his scheduled execution, and called for an end to the state's death penalty [JURIST news …

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by Kimberly Bennett

The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled Thursday that families of 17 sailors killed in the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole may file a second suit to collect $282 million in damages. The court reversed the ruling by the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia that …

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by Kimberly Bennett

The Nacka District Court on Thursday convicted Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, founder of the file-sharing website The Pirate Bay (TPB), of hacking and fraud and sentenced him to two years in prison. Svartholm Warg was found guilty of hacking into a company that handles sensitive information for Sweden's police force, the country's …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday postponed the war crimes trial of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. The new trial date was set with consideration toward the defense's need for additional time to prepare its case, as well as scheduling and logistical considerations. Kenyatta and his deputy president William Ruto …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

The Giza Criminal Court on Thursday ordered the release of former Egyptian prime minister Ahmed Nazif. Nazif was convicted of corruption in July 2011 and sentenced to one year in jail. In September Nazif was sentenced to three years in jail on charges of corruption for allegedly embezzilng $10.5 million during his …

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by Peter Snyder

The British newspaper The Guardian released two documents Thursday revealing that the US National Security Agency (NSA) was granted the power to make use of information unintentionally gathered from domestic US communications without a warrant. According to The Guardian, the two documents were submitted to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) in 2009 …

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by Peter Snyder

French and Spanish data protection groups released statements Thursday threatening Google with fines if the company does not change its privacy policies on collecting user data. The Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertes (CNIL) an independent oversight authority set up by the French government has accused Google of breaching the French Data Protection …

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