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Legal news from Friday, December 6, 2013
by Theresa Donovan

The UN Operation in the Ivory Coast (UNOCI) and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for human rights (OHCHR) on Friday released a report documenting severe human rights violations occurring in the Ivory Coast. Dozos, who are responsible for undertaking security measures within the country, have allegedly been violating civilians' human rights, by undertaking …

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by Theresa Donovan

The Military Court Centre in Bulford on Friday sentenced a sergeant of the UK Royal Marines to life in prison for the murder of a Taliban insurgent that occurred during the sergeant's overseas deployment. Alexander Blackman, along with four other individuals, was charged with killing a wounded Taliban fighter, who appeared in a video that …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court agreed Friday to rule on a a key software patent case. The question before the court in Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International [docket; cert. petition, PDF] is: "Whether claims to computer-implemented inventions—including claims to systems and machines, processes, and items of manufacture—are directed to patent-eligible subject matter …

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by Addison Morris

The US House of Representatives on Thursday approved a bill intended to curb the actions of "patent trolls", or patent assertion entities, in which companies frivolously accuse other companies, often small business owners, of patent infringement in effort to collect licensing fees. The bill, also referred to as "the Innovation Act," promotes …

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by Sung Un Kim

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled Wednesday that developers of the 7 World Trade Center (7WTC) Building were not liable for the damages caused by the collapse of the 7WTC several hours after the twin towers were destroyed in the 9/11 terrorist attack. The owner of the electrical substation …

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by Addison Morris

Egyptian cleric Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr, who was kidnapped in Milan as part of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) extraordinary rendition program, was sentenced to six years in prison on Friday by an Italian court after being convicted in absentia of terror charges. Under the CIA's extraordinary rendition program, terrorism …

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by Sung Un Kim

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in United States v. Apel. The case addresses the issue of whether a statute [18 USC § 1382] that prohibits a person from reentering a military installation after a commanding officer ordered him not to reenter may be enforced on a portion …

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