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Legal news from Friday, November 16, 2012
13:11 EDT

[JURIST] Lawmakers in Uruguay [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] on Thursday formally proposed to Congress a framework for the regulation of the production, sale and consumption of marijuana in an attempt to reduce drug-related violence. While the use of cannabis is legal in Uruguay, the growth and sale of the [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Friday urged [press release] all involved parties to end the recent escalation of violence in Gaza and Southern Israel and to respect obligations to protect civilians under international law. Pillay expressed extreme concern over the continued use of [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] filed a class action lawsuit [complaint, PDF; press release] Thursday on behalf of New Jersey immigrants challenging mandatory detention procedures. The policy in question is 8 USC § 1226(c) [text], which mandates the detention of noncitizens during deportation proceedings, and such [read more]

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[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Friday overturned the convictions of two Croat generals for crimes against humanity and war crimes against Serb civilians committed during a 1995 military blitz. The five-judge appeals chamber ordered the immediate release [press release] of Ante Gotovina [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] ruled Thursday that Apple and Samsung Electronics [corporate websites] may each pursue additional patent infringement claims against the other, allowing each company to add devices brought to market after the original lawsuit was filed [read more]

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[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of South Carolina [official website] on Thursday upheld [order, PDF] a provision of South Carolina's controversial immigration law [SB 20, materials] that permits law enforcement officers to check the immigration status of motorists. Judge Richard Gergel ruled that he [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website] ruled Thursday that Michigan's voter approved initiative to ban consideration of race for applications to public universities is unconstitutional [opinion, PDF]. In a split 8-7 decision, the court struck down Proposal 2 [text, PDF; JURIST news archive], which [read more]

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