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Legal news from Thursday, November 21, 2013

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] issued a letter [text] Thursday to the Labor Minister of Morocco, Abdeslam Seddiki, imploring the Moroccan government to revise a draft law before the Moroccan parliament, regarding legal protections for domestic workers, to comply with international standards. The letter, while praising Morocco's reduction … [read more]

[JURIST] A US jury awarded Apple, Inc. $290.45 million Thursday following a re-trial in the protracted legal struggle between the American technology giant and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. [corporate websites]. The case held before [Reuters report] the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] is the … [read more]

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[JURIST] Spain's ruling People's party on Thursday introduced strict new laws against public protests, which would impose fines on activists who take part in unauthorized protests. The legislation also prohibits [Guardian report] publishing images of police, interrupting public events, possessing illegal drugs, vandalizing public property and drinking alcohol in the … [read more]

[JURIST] The Government Accountability Office (GAO) [official website] issued [press release] a report [text, PDF] on Wednesday entitled "Additional Actions Could Strengthen DHS Efforts to Address Sexual Abuse." The GAO report was initiated in part by government documents that found there were hundreds of allegations of sexual abuse and assault … [read more]

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU [advocacy website] on Thursday filed a lawsuit [petition, PDF] in Shawnee County District Court [official website], challenging Kansas' two-tiered voter registration system. The US Supreme Court [official website] has ruled that laws requiring proof of citizenship for federal elections are unconstitutional, but it … [read more]

[JURIST] Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne [official website] on Wednesday asked US Supreme Court to reconsider a controversial Arizona law [HB 2800, PDF] that would strip Medicaid funding from doctors and clinics that perform abortions. The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] struck down [JURIST … [read more]

[JURIST] The Scottish Parliament [official website] completed the first step towards the passage of the Marriage and Civil Partnership Bill [text, PDF] on Wednesday by a 98-15 vote [minutes, text] in favor of the bill. Same-sex couples currently have the right to enter a civil partnerships [BBC report] in Scotland, … [read more]

[JURIST] The Wisconsin Supreme Court [official website] on Wednesday agreed to hear arguments in two separate cases concerning Act 23, the state's voter ID law [text]. One case will review a decision by the Madison-based District Four Court of Appeals while the other will be heard by the supreme court … [read more]

[JURIST] China's Supreme People's Court [official wesbite, Chinese] issued a ruling on Thursday banning the use of forced confessions extracted through torture. The court reportedly claimed [Reuters report] that "illegal methods" of confession extraction, including food and sleep deprivation and temperature manipulation are unacceptable and amount to torture. Judges have … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] on Thursday urged [statement] member states to ratify or accede to the Rome Statute [UN backgrounder], the treaty that established the International Criminal Court [official website; JURIST backgrounder]. The Rome Statute was signed by 139 States [JURIST backgrounders], but 43 States have neither … [read more]

[JURIST] Illinois on Wednesday became the sixteenth US state to legalize same-sex marriage [JURIST backgrounder] when Governor Pat Quinn [official website] signed the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act (Act) [text, PDF]. Although the Act allows same-sex couples to marry, it allows religious organizations to refuse to celebrate or solemnize … [read more]

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