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Legal news from Tuesday, July 30, 2013
15:07 EDT

[JURIST] Military Judge Denise Lind on Tuesday found Army Pfc. Bradley Manning [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] guilty of violations of the Espionage Act [18 USC § 794 et seq., text] for his disclosure of classified information to anti-secrecy organization, Wikileaks [website]. The judge, however, acquitted Manning of the more [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] Irish President Michael Higgins [official website] on Tuesday signed the country's first abortion bill into law, legalizing the practice in exceptional cases where doctors deem a woman's life at risk. The Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill [text, PDF] allows women to pursue an abortion to alleviate life-threatening conditions, [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory [official website] on Monday signed a restrictive abortion bill into law. The new law requires abortion clinics to meet requirements similar to those for outpatient surgical centers. It also requires doctors to be present during abortions, bans the procedure based on gender and bars [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that the same-sex spouse—and not the parents—of a deceased city lawyer should receive the proceeds of her firm's profit-sharing plan. Sarah Ellyn Farley and Jennifer Tobits were married in 2006 [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] A Saudi Arabia [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] court on Tuesday sentenced the editor of a liberal website to seven years in prison and 600 lashes. Raif Badawi was found guilty [Reuters report] by a Saudi court of "founding an Internet forum that violates Islamic values and propagates liberal [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Chair of the UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria addressed the General Assembly [official websites] on Monday, imploring member states [video] to bring about peace talks in the violence-plagued country. Paulo Sergio Pinheiro [official profile] described "crimes that shock the conscience" as ongoing and pervasive, including [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] announced Monday that it will hear a case against Poland for allegedly acquiescing to the torture of extradited prisoners by CIA agents. This case, brought by Abu Zubaydah, is the second case in which a detainee has brought charges against [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples James Anaya [official website] encouraged the Panamanian government on Monday to strengthen the rights of its indigenous people [press release, in Spanish; UN News Centre report] and ensure they are allowed to preserve their land and autonomy. Anaya's call [read more]

07:07 EDT

[JURIST] The National Assembly of Bahrain [BBC backgrounder] on Sunday approved laws increasing penalties for those who commit or incite terrorism. The new laws also ban any demonstrations in the nation's capital, Manama. The laws were passed ahead of massive protests [CNN report] planned by the anti-government opposition bloc next [read more]

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