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20:04 EDT

[JURIST] Mexico City [official website, in Spanish] legislators Tuesday passed a bill 46-19 that would legalize abortion within the city. The bill, proposed [JURIST report] by the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) [official website, in Spanish], will require city hospitals to provide the procedure in the first trimester, although abortions after [read more]

18:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Appeals Court for the Federal Circuit [official website] ruled Tuesday that Internet phone company Vonage [corporate website] can subscribe new customers while it appeals a lower court finding that it infringed three patents held by Verizon Communications, Inc. [corporate website]. In the wake of the finding, US [read more]

16:04 EDT

[JURIST] US military authorities Tuesday formally referred to a military commission charges [charge sheet] of murder, supporting terrorism, conspiracy and spying in "violation of the law of war" against Omar Khadr [Trial Watch profile; JURIST news archive], a Canadian detainee held at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] since 2002. Khadr, [read more]

16:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] Tuesday heard oral arguments [transcript, PDF] in Permanent Mission of India v. New York [LII case backgrounder; merit briefs], a case in which the justices will determine whether US courts can hear claims against foreign governments regarding unpaid property taxes for diplomatic residences. [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] A Syrian court Tuesday sentenced human rights lawyer Anwar al-Bunni [Human Rights First backgrounder] to five years in prison and imposed a $2,000-equivalent fine for spreading false information harmful to the state. Al-Bunni has been detained since he and several other activists were arrested last year [JURIST report] following [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] A Chinese court has found Yahoo China [corporate website] liable for copyright infringement by linking to websites that illegally offered free downloads of copyrighted music, Xinhua news agency reported Tuesday. Yahoo China was ordered to pay a fine of 200,000 yuan and to remove the links. Although most of [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] The North Dakota Legislative Assembly [official website] passed a bill [PDF text] Monday prohibiting abortion [JURIST news archive] in the state if the US Supreme Court [official website] ever declares that such a move would be constitutional. The measure, which Governor John Hoeven [official website] is expected to sign, [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson [official profile] expressed hope Monday that the April 16 shootings [Wikipedia backgrounder] at Virginia Tech [university website] that left 33 people - including the gunman - dead in the largest shooting rampage in US history would prompt the United States [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] An Argentine judge ruled Monday that former Argentine President Reynaldo Bignone [Wikipedia profile] should stand trial for the kidnapping of children of dissidents killed during Argentina's 1976-83 "Dirty War" [GlobalSecurity backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The children were allegedly given new identities after their kidnappings. Bignone also faces trial [JURIST [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] Lord Woolf [Wikipedia profile], former Lord Chief Justice of English and Wales, told BBC Radio in an interview [recorded audio] broadcast Tuesday that shifting the traditional position of Lord Chancellor [BBC backgrounder] into a new Ministry of Justice split off from the current Home Office [official website] represented a [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] Some 3000 Pakistani lawyers and anti-government activists demonstrated outside the Supreme Court building in Islamabad Tuesday as suspended Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry [official website; JURIST news archive] arrived for his sixth hearing before Pakistan's Supreme Judicial Council [governing constitutional provisions] on alleged judicial misconduct. Chaudhry was technically made "non-functional" [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] Ecuador's Constitutional Tribunal [official website, in Spanish] Monday reinstated some 50 members of the country's Congress dismissed [JURIST report] last month by order of Ecuador's electoral tribunal [official website, in Spanish] after they were found to have illegally interfered with a referendum pushed by President Rafael Correa [official website, [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] The three-drug "cocktail" used to execute death row inmates by lethal injection [JURIST news archive] can fail, causing inmates to suffer a painful death, according to a study [text] published Monday by PLoS Medicine [journal website]. The study's authors said in a summary of their work:We were able to [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] An Indonesian court Tuesday acquitted American Richard Ness [defense website], the regional chief executive of Denver-based Newmont Mining Corporation [corporate website; JURIST news archive], and Newmont's local subsidiary of criminal pollution charges [JURIST report]. Ness and Newmont were accused of dumping arsenic and mercury into the waters of Indonesia's [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Securities and Exchange Commission has settled accounting fraud charges [press release] against HealthSouth [corporate website] founder and former CEO Richard Scrushy [defense website; JURIST news archive] under an agreement announced Monday "that permanently bars Scrushy from serving as an officer or director of a public company, permanently [read more]

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