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Legal news from Friday, October 4, 2013
by Amy Mathieu

A UN independent rights expert on Thursday expressed "deep concern" about the Sudanese government's detention of citizens and heavy media censorship. According to reports, at least 800 activists were arrested during a demonstration concerning the fuel subsidy cuts, which almost doubled the price of gasoline in Sudan. The Independent Expert on the situation of human …

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by Brent Nesbitt

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Arizona on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit challenging an Arizona law punishing doctors for knowingly performing abortions based on the race or sex of the fetus. Plaintiffs contended that their constituents have not been seeking the abortions they desire based on this …

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by Emily Kinkead

Human Rights Watch (HRW) called on Libya Friday to suspend the death sentences of Ahmed Ibrahim and Walid Dabnoon, who were convicted of crimes related to the country's uprising in June 2011. HRW contends that Ibrahim, a former official in the government of deposed president Muammar Gaddafi, and Dabnoon, a volunteer …

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by Michael Roberts

An Italian Senate panel on Friday voted in favor of expelling former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi from his seat in parliament. Berlusconi, who was was convicted of tax fraud in 2012, chose not to appear to defend himself before the panel. The vote, which serves only as a recommendation to …

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by Bradley McAllister

The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit reversed a lower court ruling on Thursday, upholding five provisions of the modified Texas Election Code Section 13 covering volunteer deputy registrars (VDR's). Voting for America and Project Vote were two of the four appellees that originally filed the lawsuit against Texas …

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by Josh Guckert

California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill Thursday allowing immigrants who are in the country illegally to obtain driver's licenses in California. The physical licenses will carry a distinction stating the license may be used for driving but not as federal identification. Brown predicted California's endorsement of driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants will encourage …

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by Nicholas Tomsho

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Thursday ordered Russia to compensate former chess master turned political activist, Garry Kasparov, for his unjustified arrest following a planned anti-government demonstration in Moscow in April 2007. According to an ECHR press release, the court found that the detention …

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by Lauren Laing

A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Thursday struck down a state law that criminalizes retailers for imposing surcharges on customers who pay by credit card. Under Section 518, a retailer may give a "discount" to customers paying with cash but cannot tell customers that a …

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by Kimberly Bennett

The Spanish Provincial Court of Malaga convicted 53 people on Friday for money laundering, bribery and fraud, while 42 people were acquitted. The convicted include town hall officials, lawyers and business representatives conducting business in the resort town Marbella. Former urban planning adviser Juan Antonio Roca received the harshest sentence of 11 years and …

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by Peter Snyder

The US Department of Justice filed papers Wednesday dropping opposition to the release of Guantanamo Bay prisoner Ibrahim Idris. The DOJ will not object to a judge issuing a release for Idris who has severe mental and physical illnesses and whose lawyers argue is not fit to remain in Guantanamo. Idris …

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by Peter Snyder

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Thursday held that the International Trade Commission (ITC) erred in finding that Motorola Mobility, a branch of Google did not infringe a Microsoft graphical interface patent. Microsoft originally filed a complaint in 2010 with the ITC against Motorola. Microsoft alleged that …

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