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Legal news from Friday, October 26, 2012
14:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Tennessee Court of Appeals [official website] rejected [opinion, PDF] a challenge to the state's voter identification law [SB 16, PDF] Thursday while upholding the validity of Memphis public library cards as acceptable forms of voter ID. The state had argued that the Memphis library is not an entity [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] was found guilty of tax fraud [judgement, PDF, in Italian] on Friday and sentenced to four years in prison on charges that his media empire Mediaset [corporate website, in Italian] purchased television rights for US movies through offshore [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda [official profile] expressed concern [press release] on Thursday that Kenya's government had delayed in turning over evidence to the ICC regarding the country's 2007-08 post-election violence [JURIST news archive]. Bensouda also expressed concern about witness intimidation and the "increasing [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] on Thursday declined to reconsider its August decision allowing Texas to impose a funding ban on clinics affiliated with abortion providers under the state's Women's Health Program [official website]. Planned Parenthood [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] had asked [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief Heiner Bielefeldt [official website] presented a report [text, PDF] to the General Assembly [official website] Thursday urging all member states to protect freedom of belief [press release] as it applies to religious conversion. Bielefeldt's report documents his analysis of global [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] China's National People's Congress (NPC) [official website] on Friday adopted the nation's first mental health law to protect the rights of the mentally ill, according to a report [text] by the country's state-run news agency. The new law is designed to protect the safety and privacy of individuals with [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] on Thursday unanimously upheld [opinion, PDF] a ban restricting federally licensed firearms dealers (FFLs) from selling handguns to people under the age of 21. The restrictions were codified in sections of 18 USC § 922 [Cornell LII backgrounder], [read more]

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