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Federal appeals court rules data stored on cell phones not protected
[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday that data stored on personal cell phones is not protected by the Stored Communications Act (SCA) [text]. The court determined that the act does not protect information stored on personal devices such as cell phones, laptops and personal computers. The lawsuit was brought by a former police dispatcher who was dismissed after photos and text messages on her cell phone revealed that she was... [more].
Posted by Rebecca DiLeonardo on Dec 13, 2012 03:33 pm

UN extends terms of Rwanda criminal tribunal justices
[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] on Wednesday unanimously adopted a resolution [Resolution 2080 (2012), text] to extend the term of office of five judges of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website]. Justices Mehmet Guney of Turkey, Khalida Rachid Khan of Pakistan, Arlette Ramaroson of Madagascar, Bakhtiyar Tuzmukhamedov of the Russian Federation and Andresia Vaz [official profiles] of Senegal, all permanent judges of the ICTR Appeals Chamber, will now hold office until the sooner of December... [more].
Posted by Dan Taglioli on Dec 13, 2012 02:56 pm

Honduras congress votes to remove Supreme Court justices
[JURIST] The Honduran National Congress on Wednesday voted to dismiss four justices of the country's Supreme Court [official websites, in Spanish] for alleged abuse of their position. The dismissal of the judges came after the justices ruled last week [AP report] that a police reform bill supported by the congress and President Porfirio Lobo [NYT profile] was unconstitutional. Lobo indicated earlier this week that he would seek approval of the law through a referendum despite the Supreme Court decision. It... [more].
Posted by Rebecca DiLeonardo on Dec 13, 2012 02:46 pm

Indefinite detention law appealed to Supreme Court
[JURIST] Opponents of a law allowing the indefinite detention of suspected terrorists on Wednesday filed an emergency appeal [text, PDF] with US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to block the law's enforcement. A group of seven individuals and one organization had challenged the law claiming it would stifle journalists' free speech and association rights. Judge Katherine Forrest of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] temporarily blocked [JURIST report] enforcement of section 1021... [more].
Posted by Jaclyn Belczyk on Dec 13, 2012 02:16 pm

ICC confirms jurisdiction over Ivory Coast ex-president
[JURIST] The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Wednesday unanimously dismissed [judgment, PDF; press release] a challenge by former Ivory Coast president and alleged war criminal Laurent Gbagbo [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] that the court lacks jurisdiction to try him. Gbagbo is charged with crimes against humanity relating to violence following the 2010 elections in which Gbagbo lost but refused to cede power. Specifically, the ICC has charged Gbagbo [materials] with murder, rape, persecution... [more].
Posted by Jaclyn Belczyk on Dec 13, 2012 01:30 pm

Europe rights court rules for victim of CIA extraordinary rendition
[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Thursday ruled [judgment, PDF] that the government of Macedonia [official website] is responsible for the torture and degrading maltreatment of a man the ECHR found to be an innocent victim of CIA extraordinary rendition [JURIST news archive] in 2003. Lebanese German citizen Khaled el-Masri was arrested and mistreated for 23 days of interrogation in a hotel in the Macedonian capital Skopje, then transferred to CIA agents who took him to a... [more].
Posted by Dan Taglioli on Dec 13, 2012 12:56 pm

Uruguay lower house approves same-sex marriage bill
[JURIST] Uruguay's Chamber of Deputies [official website, in Spanish] on Tuesday approved a bill [press release, in Spanish] to legalize same-sex marriage [JURIST backgrounder]. The measure passed by a wide margin [Buenos Aires Herald report] after eight hours of debate with 81 votes in favor out of 87 lawmakers present. The bill seeks to create a single law granting equal marriage rights to all individuals, regardless of sexual orientation. It now goes before the Senate, where it is expected to... [more].
Posted by Jaclyn Belczyk on Dec 13, 2012 12:00 pm

Germany passes law expressly permitting infant male circumcision
[JURIST] The German Parliament [official website, in German] on Wednesday approved a bill that explicitly permits male infant circumcision [JURIST news archive]. The law comes in response to a Cologne state court [official website, in German] ruling [JURIST report] that circumcision of minors even for religious reasons is prohibited because the practice amounts to bodily harm. Though the court's judgment was limited to the Cologne region, the ruling sparked outrage in religious communities, and doctors refused to carry out the... [more].
Posted by Dan Taglioli on Dec 13, 2012 10:27 am

Italy court strikes down ban on embryonic research
[JURIST] A court in Florence on Wednesday struck down Law 40 [text, PDF, in Italian], Italy's nationwide ban on the use of embryos for scientific purposes. The panel of judges ruled that the law is an unconstitutional violation of fundamental rights regarding health [ANSA report] and the freedom of research. The case was originally brought by a couple who wished to donate leftover embryos to science after the couple finished a series of legal fertility treatments. Italy has defended its... [more].
Posted by Dan Taglioli on Dec 13, 2012 10:02 am

Colombia puts security forces under martial jurisdiction
[JURIST] The Colombia Senate [official website, in Spanish] passed a bill [press release, in Spanish] on Tuesday that will create a military court for armed forces and police forces who commit crimes. Reportedly, the new law will allow for any armed forces' crimes to be prosecuted by military tribunals [Reuters report] rather than civil courts. A spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] last month expressed serious concern [JURIST report] regarding the... [more].
Posted by Julia Zebley on Dec 13, 2012 08:29 am


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