Legal news from Tuesday, November 19, 2013

[JURIST] The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) [official website] on Monday declassified [press release] intelligence documents regarding data collection under Section 501 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). The secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) [backgrounder] order permitting the National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] to … [read more]

[JURIST] New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg [official website] signed a piece of legislation [text] 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 [official website], is intended to decrease smoking rates in New … [read more]

[JURIST] The Israeli Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday upheld the detention of Samer al-Baraq without trial. Al-Baraq, a Palestinian citizen suspected of being an al Qaeda [JURIST news archive] biological weapons expert, has been detained for over three years. Al-Baraq obtained military training in Afghanistan and was recruited by … [read more]

[JURIST] 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 [Britannica profiles], Chen Kuiyan, a former Communist Party official in Tibet, and Pen Pelyun, ex-family planning … [read more]

[JURIST] The Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) state war crimes court [official website] on Tuesday released 10 prisoners connected to war crimes committed during the Bosnian Civil War [JURIST news archive] following a ruling [press relase, PDF] by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website]. Six of these individuals … [read more]

[JURIST] US Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Mike Lee (R-UT) [official websites] on Monday introduced a bill [press release] aimed at limiting frivolous patent lawsuits. The proposed legislation, known as the Patent Transparency and Improvements Act of 2013 [S 1720, PDF], is designed to increase transparency in the US patent … [read more]

[JURIST] The Primorsky Court in St. Petersburg granted bail on Tuesday to seven Greenpeace International [advocacy website] activists awaiting trial on charges of hooliganism [AP report]. The activists, who may be released on bail [ABC report], are from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Italy, New Zealand and Poland. Bail was set at … [read more]

[JURIST] Washington, DC, Mayor Vincent Gray [official website], signed [press release] into law the DC Drivers Safety Amendment Act of 2013 [text, PDF] on Monday, which will allow the District Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) [official website] to issue "limited purpose" driver's licenses to undocumented DC residents. Gray introduced [press … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] adopted a resolution [text] 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 [UN News Center report] urges UN member states to cooperate with "relevant … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] 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) [official website] visited … [read more]

[JURIST] Two citizens from Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) [BBC backgrounders] received prison terms on Monday for their Twitter [media website] 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 … [read more]

[JURIST] 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 [RT report] found that retired Minnesota carpenter Michael Karkoc was … [read more]

[JURIST] An international team of lawyers on Saturday accused [press release] the Egyptian military and the country's interim government of crimes against humanity and a number of human rights abuses since president Mohammed Morsi [BBC backgrounder] was ousted [JURIST report] in July. At a press conference held on Saturday in … [read more]

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