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Legal news from Tuesday, January 28, 2014
by Stephen Adelgren

The Hague Court of Appeals in the Netherlands on Tuesday overturned a 2011 order of the District Court that required two major Dutch Internet providers to block customers from a list of addresses linked to The Pirate Bay. The Pirate Bay is an open source torrent search website that can provide users access to copyrighted material. The …

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by Stephen Adelgren

Lawyers for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett filed a post-trial motion Monday in the legal battle over the state's voter identification law, alleging that the deciding judge in the case made "a host of mistakes." The motion alleges that Judge Bernard McGinley of the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court made repeated mistakes of statutory construction and constitutional analysis. …

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by Nicholas Tomsho

In response to the escalating civil unrest in the country, Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov resigned from office Tuesday as parliament repealed harsh anti-protest laws passed earlier this month. "For the sake of a peaceful settlement of the conflict, I took my personal decision to ask the President of Ukraine to accept my resignation from the …

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by Bradley McAllister

The Supreme Court of India on Tuesday declined to review its controversial decision to reinstate India Penal Code Section 377 which criminalizes homosexuality in the country. Judges on India's high court dismissed petitions from government ministers and rights activists who argued the court's decision, issued last month, is wrong. Activists now plan to launch …

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by Nicholas Tomsho

The Florida Supreme Court on Monday approved a citizen initiative to vote on an amendment to the state constitution on the legality of medical marijuana. In a 4-3 ruling, the Supreme Court determined that the ballot initiative met the requirements of the Florida Constitution, that it encompassed only one issue, and that the title and …

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by Bradley McAllister

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled 11-6 on Tuesday that the state of Ireland is liable for the sexual abuse of a schoolgirl, aged nine, by a lay teacher in an Irish National School in 1973. Louise O'Keeffe brought the case to the European rights court after the Ireland high court ruled the government …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

The Parliament of Turkish-controlled Northern Cyprus passed a bill decriminalizing homosexual relations between men, making it the last European territory to do so. Like the anti-homosexuality laws of Isle of Man and Guernsey [JURIST op-eds], Northern Cyprus's law criminalizing homosexual relations was a holdover from British colonial rule, although the island …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Monday expressed grave concern regarding the continuing violence wracking Egypt in the wake of the three-year anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution. Pillay encouraged both protesters and security forces to exercise restraint and renounce the use of violence, reminding Egyptian authorities of its international obligation …

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