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Legal news from Saturday, May 3, 2014

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] stated [text] at a news conference on Friday that he will ask Attorney General Eric Holder [official website] to investigate problems with the application of the death penalty. The statement comes after the recent botched execution [JURIST report] of Oklahoma inmate Clayton Lockett, … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] called on Myanmar [press release] Saturday to pass more protective media laws and end arbitrary arrests of journalists. The statement listed several journalists who have been arrested since December on politically-motivated charges, including criminal trespass, use of obscene language, and revealing state secrets. … [read more]

[JURIST] Authorities in Uruguay on Friday released details to explain how marijuana will be produced and legally sold in the country, following legislation [JURIST report] proposed by President Jose Mujica [official website, in Spanish]. Uruguay is the first country in the world [AP report] to have a system that regulates … [read more]

[JURIST] A jury in the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] on Friday ordered Samsung Electronics Co Ltd to pay $119.6 million to Apple Inc [corporate websites] for a finding that the company infringed on two of Apple's smartphone patents. The jury also found [Reuters … [read more]

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