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Legal news from Thursday, January 23, 2014
by Amy Mathieu

The UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide Adama Dieng warned on Thursday that urgent national and international action is necessary to stop the violence in Central African Republic (CAR). Dieng reported, "Given the serious nature of continuing violations in an environment of complete impunity, CAR is on the …

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by Amy Mathieu

Virginia Attorney Genera lMark Herring announced 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 the Fourteenth Amendment of the US Constitution on two …

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by Taylor Gillan

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB), an independent agency created by Congress to protect American privacy under anti-terrorism laws, issued a report on Thursday calling the NSA's metadata program illegal and saying that it should be ended. In a 3-2 vote, the five-member board said that Section 215 of the USA …

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by Peter Snyder

Amnesty International (AI) issued a press release 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 been approved for transfer, including a group of Yemeni detainees …

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by Taylor Gillan

The Supreme Court of Russia on Thursday upheld the tax claim keeping former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky in exile and released his business partner Platon Lebedev. Lebedev's release came four months early, with the remainder of his sentence considered time served. Khodorkovsky was released from prison following …

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by Peter Snyder

The European Commission released its semi-annual Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) report 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 a special "cooperation and verification mechanism" to address shortcomings in …

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by Cynthia Miley

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in two cases. In Paroline v. United States, the court is considering whether a causal relationship must exist under 18 USC § 2259 between a defendant's conduct and the victim's harm in order for the victim to recover restitution. Doyle Paroline was convicted …

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by Daniel Mullen

The US Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in the case of Medtronic v. Mirowski Family Ventures reversing the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. While the Supreme Court held that the Federal Circuit had subject matter jurisdiction to hear the case, it found that the Federal Circuit improperly placed the …

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by Daniel Mullen

Judge Lucy Koh of the US District Court for the Northern District of California ruled in favor of Apple on Tuesday in its patent case against Samsung. Koh partially granted Apple's motion for summary judgment, finding that no reasonable jury could fail to find that Samsung infringed upon Apple's "word recommendation" patent. The remaining claims, for …

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