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Legal news from Friday, February 28, 2014
by Amy Mathieu

The Brazil Supreme Court overturned racketeering convictions of several former leaders of the Workers Party on Thursday by a 6-5 vote, which will result in lessened prison sentences. The convictions of corruption and money-laundering in the nation's largest political corruption case will not be affected by the decision. The court found that the …

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by William Helbling

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Thursday that a California public school's request for students to remove their American flag t-shirts on Cinco de Mayo was not a violation of their First Amendment rights. On Cinco de Mayo 2010, a teacher at Live Oak high School …

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by Dominic Yobbi

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Friday condemned the recent political violence in Venezuela, and urged all parties involved to move towards meaningful dialogue in hopes of resolving the situation. In an official statement, Pillay expressed serious concern at the amount of violence that has taken place since the unrest began, …

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by Amy Mathieu

California Attorney General Kamala Harris filed a petition on Thursday in the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit urging the court to reverse its decision that struck down a law requiring residents to show good cause to carry a concealed firearm. Earlier this month the court ruled that the …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

The Mannheim Regional Court on Friday dismissed a complaint by patent assertion entity IPCom against Apple. The suit alleged USD $2.1 billion in damages against Apple for infringement of European patent EP1841268, which manages access to overloaded wireless communication channels. Although the European Patent Office has …

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by Matthew Pomy

A German district court in Ellwangen ruled Friday that accused former Auschwitz guard, Hans Lipschis, is unfit to stand trial. The ruling was based on Lipschis' early stages of incipient dementia, making him unable to comprehend the criminal trial. While Lipschis acknowledges being a member of the SS at Auschwitz, he maintains he only served as a cook and …

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by Matthew Pomy

Moscow's Basmanny District Court on Friday sentenced Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny to two months of house arrest. Navalny is also banned from using communication devices or the Internet. Navalny has been a harsh critic of President Vladimir Putin through his blog and other …

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by Kimberly Bennett

The US Department of State (DOS) on Thursday released its annual country reports on human rights. In the preface to the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2013, Secretary of State John Kerry wrote that the DOS will "continue to press governments to uphold fundamental freedoms. We remain committed to advocating on …

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by Kimberly Bennett

A federal judge in Kentucky on Thursday issued a final order requiring state officials to recognize same-sex marriages. Following his February 12 ruling, US District Court for the Western District of Kentucky Judge John Heyburn also granted a request to allow additional couples seeking full marriage rights to intervene in the case. In response, …

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