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14:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] on Thursday approved a bill [text, PDF] that would prevent police from searching emails and other electronic content without a warrant. Currently, under the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act [text], law enforcement agents only need a warrant to access emails less than 6 [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website; JURIST backgrounder] on Friday said that they will consider the legal implications of Palestinian statehood following a UN resolution [press release] recognizing Palestine as a non-member state. The UN General Assembly (UNGA) [official website] passed the resolution on Thursday, elevating [read more]

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[JURIST] The office of the Maryland Attorney General [official website] released an opinion [text, PDF] Thursday stating that same-sex couples can obtain marriage licenses as soon as Governor Martin O'Malley [official profile] formally proclaims the results of this month's election, which he is expected to do next week. Attorney General [read more]

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[JURIST] Egypt's Islamist assembly members hurriedly approved a draft constitution [text, PDF] on Friday without the participation of liberal or Christian members, raising concerns [press release] among many human rights organizations such as Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website]. The approved constitution seeks to uphold the "principles of Islamic Law." According [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] A spokesperson for UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] said Friday that Pillay has sent a letter to Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi [BBC profile] urging him to reconsider [press release] a recent decree expanding presidential powers. Pillay worries that the Constitutional Declaration, while a welcome [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] UN officials urged [UN News Centre report] countries on Wednesday to implement national policies that will end violence against women after Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke [statement] at an event commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Ban stressed the importance of countries adopting national legislation [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] A Netherlands court ruled on Wednesday to ban certain Samsung Electronics smartphones that infringe on Apple [corporate websites] patents. The court ordered Samsung to pay Apple 100,000 euros for every day that it violates [Bloomberg report] the court's ruling. The court also ordered Samsung to pay damages [Reuters report] [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] A French appeals court on Thursday absolved Continental Airlines [corporate website] of blame and overturned the manslaughter conviction against one of its mechanics in relation to the Air France Concorde jet crash [BBC backgrounder] that killed 113 people just outside of Paris in 2000. Although the original ruling found [read more]

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[JURIST] The Italian government on Wednesday announced that it has appealed a recent decision [judgment, in French] by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] that the country violated the rights of a couple with cystic fibrosis by preventing them from screening in vitro fertilization (IVF) embryos. The [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Polish Supreme Court [official website, in Polish] for the first time on Wednesday declared that same-sex partners living together will retain the same legal standing as heterosexual couples in regard to taking over a lease if their romantic partner with whom they were cohabiting should die. The court [read more]

06:11 EDT

[JURIST] The military judge presiding over the case of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning [advocacy website; JURIST news archive], who is accused of leaking confidential documents to WikiLeaks [website; JURIST news archive], accepted on Thursday the terms of a partial guilty plea put forward by Manning. The decision [WP report] [read more]

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