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Legal news from Tuesday, November 19, 2013
by Cynthia Miley

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) on Monday declassified intelligence documents regarding data collection under Section 501 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). The secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) order permitting the National Security Agency (NSA) to collect Americans' e-mail and Internet data was published …

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by Matthew Pomy

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed a piece of legislation on Tuesday that makes it illegal to sell cigarettes to individuals under the age of 21. The legislation, passed by the New York City Council, is intended to decrease smoking rates in New York City. Bloomberg claimed this measure "ill prevent young …

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by Cynthia Miley

The Israeli Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the detention of Samer al-Baraq without trial. Al-Baraq, a Palestinian citizen suspected of being an al Qaeda biological weapons expert, has been detained for over three years. Al-Baraq obtained military training in Afghanistan and was recruited by al Qaeda's alleged current leader, Ayman al-Zawahri. Prosecutors …

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by Laura Klein Mullen

The Spanish National Court issued arrest orders for former Chinese president Jiang Zemin and four other Chinese officials on Tuesday, including former prime minister Li Peng, former security and police chief Qiao Shi, Chen Kuiyan, a former Communist Party official in Tibet, and Pen Pelyun, ex-family planning minister. The arrest orders come as part of …

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by Matthew Pomy

The Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) state war crimes court on Tuesday released 10 prisoners connected to war crimes committed during the Bosnian Civil War following a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Six of these individuals were convicted of genocide for their roles in the Srebrenica …

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by Bradley McAllister

US Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Mike Lee (R-UT) on Monday introduced a bill aimed at limiting frivolous patent lawsuits. The proposed legislation, known as the Patent Transparency and Improvements Act of 2013, is designed to increase transparency in the US patent process and improve resources for small businesses that are targeted …

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by Laura Klein Mullen

The Primorsky Court in St. Petersburg granted bail on Tuesday to seven Greenpeace International activists awaiting trial on charges of hooliganism. The activists, who may be released on bail, are from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Italy, New Zealand and Poland. Bail was set at 2 million rubles (approximately USD $61,500) and must be paid …

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by Amy Mathieu

Washington, DC, Mayor Vincent Gray, signed into law the DC Drivers Safety Amendment Act of 2013 on Monday, which will allow the District Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to issue "limited purpose" driver's licenses to undocumented DC residents. Gray introduced the bill in May, saying, "the legislation is the …

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by Nicholas Tomsho

The UN Security Council adopted a resolution Monday restating its call for member states to take steps against piracy and armed robbery off the coast of Somalia and the Horn of Africa. The resolution urges UN member states to cooperate with "relevant international organizations to adopt legislation to facilitate prosecution of suspected …

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by Theresa Donovan

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Tuesday reported concern regarding recent violent incidents in the Libyan capital of Tripoli, which have left in excess of 40 people dead and hundreds injured. The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSIL) visited hospitals in the area to confirm the number of deceased …

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by Theresa Donovan

Two citizens from Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) received prison terms on Monday for their Twitter posts, which were deemed to be insulting to Islam or in opposition to state security. Musaab Shamsah, a Kuwait citizen, was sentenced to five years in prison for insulting the Prophet Muhammad, while Waleed al-Shehhi, …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

A German prosecutor on Monday recommended that a 94-year-old man living in Minnesota be charged with 40 counts of murder for his involvement in an attack that razed a Polish village to the ground in 1944. An earlier investigation found that retired Minnesota carpenter Michael Karkoc was formerly a commander in a Nazi SS-led unit, and ordered …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

An international team of lawyers on Saturday accused the Egyptian military and the country's interim government of crimes against humanity and a number of human rights abuses since president Mohammed Morsi was ousted in July. At a press conference held on Saturday in London, UK based lawyer Tayab Ali announced [Al …

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