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Legal news from Friday, February 28, 2014

[JURIST] The Brazil Supreme Court [official website] overturned racketeering convictions of several former leaders of the Workers Party [official website, in Portuguese] 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 … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 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 [Cornell LII backgrounder] rights. On Cinco de Mayo … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] 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 [press release], Pillay expressed serious concern at the amount … [read more]

[JURIST] California Attorney General Kamala Harris [official website] filed [press release] a petition on Thursday in the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] urging the court to reverse its decision [text, PDF] that struck down a law requiring residents to show good cause to carry a … [read more]

[JURIST] The Mannheim Regional Court [official website, in German] on Friday dismissed a complaint by patent assertion entity IPCom against Apple [corporate websites]. The suit alleged [Reuters report] USD $2.1 billion in damages against Apple for infringement of European patent EP1841268 [text, in German], which manages access to overloaded wireless … [read more]

[JURIST] 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 … [read more]

[JURIST] Moscow's Basmanny District Court on Friday sentenced Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to two months of house arrest. Navalny is also banned [Reuters report] from using communication devices or the Internet. Navalny has been a harsh critic of President Vladimir Putin [official website, in … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of State (DOS) [official website] on Thursday released [text, reports] 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 [official website] wrote that the DOS will "continue to press governments … [read more]

[JURIST] A federal judge in Kentucky on Thursday issued a final order [text] requiring state officials to recognize same-sex marriages. Following his February 12 ruling [opinion, PDF], US District Court for the Western District of Kentucky Judge John Heyburn also granted [AP report] a request to allow additional couples seeking … [read more]

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