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Legal news from Tuesday, November 6, 2012
14:11 EDT

[JURIST] Ukrainian opposition parties on Tuesday demanded the recount of votes from 13 districts that maintained power for President Viktor Yanukovich [official profile]. The Batkivshchyna, the country's far-right nationalist party Svoboda and Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform Vitaliy Klychko [party websites, in Ukrainian] have organized protests outside the Central Election [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] The parliament of Slovakia [official website, in Slovak] on Tuesday rejected [press release, in Slovak] a proposed bill recognizing same-sex partnerships within the country. In a 94-14 vote in which 129 members were present, the bill was heavily criticized during the two-day debate for its possible detrimental effect on [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] A lawyer for human rights activist Sayed Yousif Al-Muhafda [official Twitter] said Sunday that his detention has been extended by the Bahrain government. Al-Muhafda, the acting vice president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) [advocacy website], was arrested [Reuters report] last Friday during an unauthorized protest. This [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] A Turkish court on Tuesday opened a trial in absentia for former Israeli military commanders accused of killing nine Turkish citizens aboard a ship attempting to pass through the Gaza blockade in 2010. The Turkish judge began the proceedings with testimony [Reuters report] from people who were on board [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] A UN independent expert on Monday urged countries to combat hate speech on the Internet [video], while simultaneously protecting freedom of speech. Special Rapporteur on Racism, Mutuma Ruteere told the General Assembly that an increase of hate websites inciting racial violence necessitates action. Ruteere called on governments, international bodies, [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge in Wisconsin on Monday dismissed a lawsuit by Apple alleging that Google Inc. subsidiary Motorola Mobility [corporate websites] has unfair patent licensing practices. The decision was issued [Reuters] just hours before the trial was scheduled to start. Judge Barbara Crabb of the US District Court for [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website] on Tuesday struck down [judgment; press release, PDF] a Hungarian law [text, PDF] that lowered the mandatory retirement age for judges. Hungary's Law No LXVII of 1997 on the legal status and remuneration of judge was amended in 2011 to require [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] heard oral arguments [audio recording, WMA] Monday in Isaacson v. Horne [case materials] to consider a new Arizona abortion regulation [HB 2036 materials; JURIST report] that would ban abortions after 20 weeks unless there is a medical emergency. [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] in two cases Monday. In Comcast v. Behrend [transcript, PDF; JURIST report] the court heard arguments on how much judicial discretion is allowed when certifying a class for a class action lawsuit. In this case, the district [read more]

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