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Legal news from Friday, December 27, 2013

[JURIST] The government of South Sudan [official website] on Friday offered to immediately cease fighting with the rebels, but warned that its forces would not hesitate to defend themselves in the event of an attack. Violence began after ethnic Dinka, loyal to President Salva Kiir [BBC profile], and Nuer soldiers, … [read more]

[JURIST] A federal judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] ruled [text, PDF] on Friday that the National Security Agency's (NSA) [official website] PRISM [JURIST backgrounder] program, which includes massive collection of American citizens' telephone records, is legal. Judge William H. Pauley … [read more]

[JURIST] The Pennsylvania Superior Court [official website] on Thursday unanimously reversed [opinion, PDF] the conviction of a priest for his failure to protect children from a sexual predator and ordered he be released from prison. Monsignor William Lynn, the first senior US Roman Catholic Church official to be found guilty … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Thursday urged [press release] the Chinese government to drop all politically motivated charges against Xu Zhiyong [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] and release the rights activist from prison. Xu, a prominent critic of China's one-party system and founder of the nongovernmental New … [read more]

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