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Legal news from Thursday, November 14, 2013
by Kimberly Bennett

Former German president Christian Wulff went on trial Thursday in Hanover, denying allegations of corruption. In court, Wulff delivered a statement, insisting that he acted without fault. Prosecutors charged Wulff with corruption stemming from his 2008 visit to the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival during which prosecutors allege he accepted some €700 for a hotel …

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by Amy Mathieu

The President of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), Remigiusz Henczel, on Wednesday presented the annual report to the UUN General Assembly (UNGA), claiming that the UNHRC has achieved significant progress in the last year despite inadequate financial resources. Henczel stated that the UNHRC adopted …

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by Stephen Adelgren

A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) on Thursday dismissed a class action lawsuit arising against Google over the company's unapproved scanning and uploading of copyrighted materials. The case revolved primarily around Google's Library Project, which uses advanced scanning techniques to provide digital …

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by Laura Klein Mullen

The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit on Wednesday upheld the 2011 conviction of Tarek Mehanna, who was found guilty on four terror-related charges and three charges of lying to authorities. Mehenna was accused of traveling to Yemen and training in a terror camp with the intention of traveling to Iraq to fight against …

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by Samuel Franklin

The US Supreme Court will not hear a case regarding racial discrimination in home sales and rentals after the matter was settled out of court on Wednesday. Originally scheduled for oral argument December 4, the case of Mount Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc. presented the issue of whether disparate impact claims …

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by Samuel Franklin

An Egyptian court on Thursday sentenced 12 men to 17 years in prison for their participation in the October protests at Al-Azhar University. The entire demonstration formed at the university in support of deposed Islamist president Mohammed Morsi who was removed from office in a military-led coup in July. The 12 defendants, all students …

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by Lauren Laing

Turkey's Parliament on Wednesday lifted a ban on female lawmakers wearing trousers in the assembly. Republican People's Party Deputy Safak Pavey brought up the issue last month during a parliamentary debate on women wearing traditional Islamic headscarves in public institutions. Pavey has a prosthethic leg and had been prohibited from wearing trousers based on …

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by Lauren Laing

Hawaiian Governor Neil Abercrombie on Wednesday signed into law a bill legalizing same-sex marriage. The new law will take effect December 2 and will make Hawaii the fifteenth US state to legalize same-sex marriage. The Hawaii Marriage Equality Act of 2013 seeks to ensure that "same-sex couples are able to take full advantage of federal …

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by Sung Un Kim

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases Wednesday. In Unite Here Local 355 v. Martin Mulhall the court addressed the issue of whether an employer and union can violate Section 302 of Labor Management Relations Act [29 USC § 186] by entering into a neutrality agreement. An …

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