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Legal news from Thursday, January 23, 2014

[JURIST] The UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide Adama Dieng [official websites] warned [UN News Centre report] on Thursday that urgent national and international action is necessary to stop the violence in Central African Republic (CAR) [JURIST news archive]. Dieng reported, "Given the serious nature of continuing violations … [read more]

[JURIST] Virginia Attorney Genera lMark Herring [official profile] announced [press release] Thursday that his office will no longer defend legal challenges to the commonwealth's ban on same-sex marriage. Herring explained his position saying, "After thorough legal review, I have now concluded that Virginia's ban on marriage same sex couples violates … [read more]

[JURIST] The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) [official website], an independent agency created by Congress to protect American privacy under anti-terrorism laws, issued a report on Thursday calling the NSA's [official website] metadata program illegal and saying that it should be ended. In a 3-2 vote [WP report], … [read more]

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] issued a press release [text] Monday demanding the US close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, calling the prison's continued operation "a prime example of the USA's double standard on human rights." The report focuses heavily on the continued detention of individuals that have … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Russia [official website, in Russian] on Thursday upheld the tax claim keeping former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive] in exile and released his business partner Platon Lebedev [JURIST news archive]. Lebedev's release came four months early, with the remainder of his … [read more]

[JURIST] The European Commission [official website] released its semi-annual Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) report [text; PDF] on Romania Wednesday, warning the nation to end political pressure on the judiciary amid continuing concerns over corruption. When Romania and Bulgaria joined the EU in 2007 the EU established [commission decision, PDF] … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Wednesday in two cases. In Paroline v. United States [transcript, PDF], the court is considering whether a causal relationship must exist under 18 USC § 2259 [text] between a defendant's conduct and the victim's harm in order … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday in the case of Medtronic v. Mirowski Family Ventures [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] reversing the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit [official website]. While the Supreme Court held that the Federal Circuit had subject matter jurisdiction to hear the … [read more]

[JURIST] Judge Lucy Koh of the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] ruled in favor of Apple on Tuesday in its patent case against Samsung. Koh partially granted [order] Apple's motion for summary judgment, finding that no reasonable jury could fail to find that Samsung … [read more]

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