Legal news from Friday, July 12, 2013
14:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Thursday unanimously reversed [ICTY press release] the acquittal of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic [ICTY case summary, PDF; JURIST news archive] for a genocide charge in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) during the [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] A Moscow court on Thursday convicted deceased lawyer Sergei Magnitsky [JURIST news archive] and former client, William Browder, of tax evasion. Magnitsky, who died in prison in 2009 under suspicious circumstances, was a lawyer for the Hermitage Capital Fund [corporate website] and was arrested in 2008 by Russian Interior [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Irish Parliament [official website] voted 127-31 Friday in favor of a bill that would allow a woman to undergo an abortion if her life is at risk. The Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill [text, PDF] was passed after contentious debate [CNN report], particularly concerning a provision that [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] on Thursday upheld [official website] Congress' authority to require larger employers to provide adequate health insurance for their employees or pay a fine. In a challenge by Liberty University, the Fourth Circuit found that the plaintiffs failed to [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Maine Legislature [official website] on Wednesday voted 127-17 in favor of a new law requiring police to obtain a warrant to track a cell phone, overriding a veto by Governor Paul LePage [official website]. The bill [LD 415 text] was one of four privacy laws up for vote [read more]

07:07 EDT

[JURIST] Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane [official website] announced at a press conference Thursday that she will not defend Pennsylvania's statutory ban on same-sex marriage. Title 23, Chapter 11, section 1102 of the Pennsylvania consolidated statutes defines [text] marriage as " A civil contract by which one man and one [read more]

06:07 EDT

[JURIST] Two French human rights groups filed a lawsuit [text, PDF;,in French] in Paris Thursday calling for an investigation into whether the US National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] PRISM program [DNI backgrounder] violated French privacy laws. The lawsuit, filed by the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the [read more]

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