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Legal news from Monday, December 16, 2013

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] ruled [opinion] Monday that the National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] program of collecting phone call data is likely unconstitutional. Judge Richard Leon ruled in a lawsuit [JURIST report] brought by activist attorney and former … [read more]

[JURIST] The Turkish court in Diyarbakir on Monday rejected bids to be released from pre-trial detention by two members of the parliament for the Kurdish Peace and Democratic Party (BDP), Gulser Yildirim and Ibrahim Ayhan. Yildirim and Ayhan have been detained [Reuters report] since 2010 when they were each charged … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday in Heimeshoff v. Hartford Life Insurance [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that a woman was not entitled to disability benefits under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) [official website] because the applicable statute of limitations had run. Petitioner Julie Heimeshoff argued … [read more]

[JURIST] A court in Saudi Arabia on Sunday sentenced political activist Omar al-Saeed to four years in prison and 300 lashes for urging Saudi Arabia to become a constitutional monarchy. Al-Saeed is the fourth member of the pro-democracy group Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA) [advocacy website, in Arabic] … [read more]

[JURIST] The Hanoi Supreme People's Court [official website, in Vietnamese] on Monday sentenced [press release, in Vietnamese] two top executives to death for "taking bribes." Duong Chi Dung, former chairman of the Vietnam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines) [official website], and former general director Mai Van Phuc were convicted of embezzlement … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] announced Monday that two Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] detainees have been transferred to Saudi Arabia [press release]. Saad Muhammad Husayn Qahtani and Hamood Abdulla Hamood had been held since 2002, but neither had been charged with a crime. The two men … [read more]

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