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Legal news from Friday, October 4, 2013

[JURIST] A UN independent rights expert on Thursday expressed "deep concern" about the Sudanese government's detention of citizens [press release] 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 [Guardian report] of gasoline … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Arizona [official website] on Thursday dismissed [order, PDF] a lawsuit challenging an Arizona law [HB 2443, PDF] punishing doctors for knowingly performing abortions based on the race or sex of the fetus. Plaintiffs contended that their constituents have … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] called on Libya Friday to suspend the death sentences [press release] of Ahmed Ibrahim [JURIST report] and Walid Dabnoon, who were convicted of crimes related to the country's uprising [JURIST backgrounder] in June 2011. HRW contends that Ibrahim, a former official in the … [read more]

[JURIST] An Italian Senate [official website] panel on Friday voted in favor of expelling former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] from his seat in parliament. Berlusconi, who was was convicted [JURIST report] of tax fraud in 2012, chose not to appear to defend himself before the … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] reversed [opinion, PDF] a lower court ruling on Thursday, upholding five provisions of the modified Texas Election Code Section 13 [official website] covering volunteer deputy registrars (VDR's). Voting for America and Project Vote [advocacy website] were two of … [read more]

[JURIST] California Governor Jerry Brown [official website] signed a bill [text] Thursday allowing immigrants who are in the country illegally to obtain driver's licenses in California. The physical licenses will carry a distinction [press release] stating the license may be used for driving but not as federal identification. Brown predicted … [read more]

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] on Thursday ordered [judgment] Russia to compensate former chess master turned political activist, Garry Kasparov [personal website, in Russian; JURIST news archive], for his unjustified arrest following a planned anti-government demonstration in Moscow in April 2007. According to an ECHR … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Thursday struck down [opinion, PDF] a state law that criminalizes retailers for imposing surcharges on customers who pay by credit card. Under Section 518 [text], a retailer may give a "discount" to … [read more]

[JURIST] The Spanish Provincial Court of Malaga convicted 53 people on Friday for money laundering, bribery and fraud, while 42 people were acquitted. The convicted [Diario ABC report, in Spanish] include town hall officials, lawyers and business representatives conducting business in the resort town Marbella. Former urban planning adviser Juan … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice [official website] filed papers Wednesday dropping opposition to the release of Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] prisoner Ibrahim Idris [DOD backgrounder]. The DOJ will not object to a judge issuing a release for Idris who has severe mental and physical illnesses and whose lawyers argue … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit [official website] on Thursday held [opinion, PDF] that the International Trade Commission (ITC) [official website] erred in finding that Motorola Mobility, a branch of Google did not infringe a Microsoft [corporate websites] graphical interface patent. Microsoft originally filed a complaint … [read more]

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