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Legal news from Monday, December 16, 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia ruled Monday that the National Security Agency (NSA) program of collecting phone call data is likely unconstitutional. Judge Richard Leon ruled in a lawsuit brought by activist attorney and former government prosecutor Larry Klayman. Klayman, founder of the political advocacy …

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by Amy Mathieu

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 since 2010 when they were each charged with links to the militant Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) [party …

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by Max Slater

The US Supreme Court ruled Monday in Heimeshoff v. Hartford Life Insurance that a woman was not entitled to disability benefits under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) because the applicable statute of limitations had run. Petitioner Julie Heimeshoff argued [JURIST op-ed] that her claim was timely because it was …

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by Max Slater

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) to be imprisoned for criticizing the Saudi royal family [Reuters …

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by Kimberly Bennett

The Hanoi Supreme People's Court on Monday sentenced two top executives to death for "taking bribes." Duong Chi Dung, former chairman of the Vietnam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines), and former general director Mai Van Phuc were convicted of embezzlement and sentenced to death, while eight other defendants were sentenced …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Department of Defense (DOD) announced Monday that two Guantanamo Bay detainees have been transferred to Saudi Arabia. Saad Muhammad Husayn Qahtani and Hamood Abdulla Hamood had been held since 2002, but neither had been charged with a crime. The two men were recommended for transfer in 2009 after a review by …

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