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Legal news from Friday, November 22, 2013

[JURIST] A Russian court on Wednesday released on bail the captain of a Greenpeace International [advocacy website] ship, one of the last activists awaiting trial on charges of hooliganism [AP report] in St. Petersburg. Captain Peter Willcox was granted bail two months after he was arrested for his involvement in … [read more]

[JURIST] The Wisconsin Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday vacated a contempt order against a state commission for implementing a law ending collective bargaining [text] for most public workers. In a 5-2 decision, the court held that the Dane County Circuit Court erred by holding in contempt the Wisconsin Employment … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Thursday upheld the dismissal [opinion, PDF] of a lawsuit brought by South Korea's Woori Bank against Bark of America's Merrill Lynch [corporate websites] unit. The lawsuit, which concerned losses from USD $143 million of collateralized debt obligations, … [read more]

[JURIST] Five human rights groups urged the UN General Assembly on Thursday to adopt a resolution [text, PDF] protecting the right of privacy against unlawful surveillance. In a letter to the assembly, the groups, Amnesty International, Access, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Privacy International and Human Rights Watch [advocacy websites], claimed … [read more]

[JURIST] Sudan's National Commission for Human Rights (NCHR) admitted on Thursday during a press conference the existence of human rights violations in the country including restrictions on freedoms and civil and political rights. The NCHR's complaints committee disclosed [ST report] that it received a total of 125 complaints from 2012 … [read more]

[JURIST] Thousands of people protested Thursday in Tokyo against proposed legislation that would significantly broaden the definition of "official secrets." The law is expected to pass [Reuters report] both houses of parliament when it comes to a vote next week. The law also imposes prison time for up to 10 … [read more]

[JURIST] The Arkansas Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday ruled [opinion;\, PDF] that an order prohibiting a parent from having overnight visitation with his child in the presence of his long-term domestic partner failed to consider the best interests of the child. Arkansas courts had an established precedent of barring … [read more]

[JURIST] The Central African Republic (CAR) [CIA backgrounder] government on Thursday said that accused war criminal Joseph Kony [BBC backgrounder] has been speaking with CAR President Michel Djotodia [BBC backgrounder] about negotiating a surrender. Kony is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website; JURIST backgrounder] for 12 counts … [read more]

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