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Legal news from Thursday, February 27, 2014
by Ann Schober

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday ordered Google to remove from its YouTube video-sharing website an anti-Islamic film that incited massive anti-American protest in the Muslim world in 2012. The court found in favor of appellant Cindy Lee Garcia, reversing a US District Court's denial of Garcia's request …

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by William Helbling

Israeli soldiers have used excessive force in the West Bank since 2011, Amnesty International (AI) said in a report Thursday. AI's investigation was specifically focused on the evidence of the unlawful shootings of 22 Palestinian civilians by Israeli soldiers. The shootings arose from the Palestinians' continuing protests against the Israeli government …

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by Amy Mathieu

Egypt's Cairo Criminal Court convicted 26 people on Wednesday charged with forming a terrorist group with the intent to attack the Suez Canal. The group was charged with planning attacks on ships in the Suez Canal as well as security buildings, foreign tourists, Christians and police. Most of the defendants received death sentences and tried …

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by Peter Snyder

Beijing's No. 1 Intermediate People's Court on Thursday accepted a lawsuit filed by 37 plaintiffs seeking compensation from two Japanese companies, Mitsubishi Materials and Nippon Coke and Engineering, for forced labor during World War II. The suit alleges that the plaintiffs and their relatives were taken to Japan where they were forced to …

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by Taylor Gillan

A German court on Thursday cleared former president Christian Wulff of corruption charges that sprang from allegations that he had accepted bribes in exchange for political favors. Judge Frank Rosenow informed the court of Wulff's acquittal, saying that there was insufficient proof that the former president had accepted illegal payments. Wulff, who …

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by Amy Mathieu

Germany's Karlsruhe court ruled on Wednesday that the 3% voting threshold for political parties to enter the the European Parliament is unconstitutional. The German government lowered the voting threshold from 5% to 3% last year, but the top court ruled by a 5-3 vote that it should be abolished altogether. The …

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by Peter Snyder

The French Court of Cassation on Thursday blocked plans to extradite three men to stand trial in Rwanda for alleged crimes committed during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. The court overturned a November decision by the Court of Appeal of Paris to allow the extradition of Claude Muhayimana and …

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by Taylor Gillan

Cambodian officials on Wednesday said that the country has ended its ban on public demonstrations that was imposed last month after police opened fire on protesting textile workers. According to Interior Ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak, those wishing to stage protests will still have to seek permission from local authorities despite the ban being …

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by Cynthia Miley

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in two cases. In Octane Fitness v. Icon Health and Fitness, the court is considering whether the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit's promulgation of a rigid and exclusive two-part test for determining whether a case is "exceptional" under 35 …

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by Cynthia Miley

The EU Parliament on Wednesday voted to approve an anti-tobacco law that requires cigarette makers to increase the size of health warnings on packets from 30 percent to 65 percent of the surface of the package. The law also regulates electronic cigarettes for the first time. Electronic cigarettes will have to comply with packaging and …

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by Theresa Donovan

Ukraine interim general prosecutor reported on Wednesday that an international arrest warrant has been requested for ousted president Viktor Yanukovich, implicating him in the "mass murder" of civilians during the recent Kiev protests. Oleg Makhnytsky reported that the former president was "the subject of an international arrest warrant." It is unknown at this time whether Ukrainian officials …

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by Theresa Donovan

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Wednesday condemned attacks in Al Dhale Governorate by Yemeni armed forces, which are disproportionately affecting civilians. Pillay reported that since December, these attacks have killed more than 40 individuals, four of whom were children. Also of concern is the fact that buildings such as hospitals, clinics …

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by Theresa Donovan

The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Wednesday in United States v. Apel that 18 USC § 1382, which prohibits a person from reentering a military installation after a commanding officer has ordered him not to reenter, may be enforced on a portion of an installation that is subject to a public …

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by Theresa Donovan

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on Wednesday vetoed controversial Bill 1062, which would have permitted state business owners to refuse service to individuals for "religious reasons," and which has largely been denounced by critics as sanctioning discrimination against LGBT individuals. The bill was jointly written by the conservative Center for Arizona Policy and the …

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