Legal news from Friday, August 28, 2009
15:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Uruguayan House of Representatives [official website, in Spanish] on Thursday approved [press release, in Spanish] a bill that would allow same-sex couples to adopt. The House voted 40-13 in favor of the bill [El Pais report, in Spanish], which has been opposed by both the Roman Catholic Church [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] called Friday for the prosecution of opposition leaders who allegedly conspired to orchestrate widespread protests after the country's disputed June 12 presidential election [JURIST news archive]. Ahmadinejad spoke in front of thousands before Friday prayers in Tehran, calling for pro-reformists [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] East Timor President Jose Ramos-Horta [official profile; BBC profile] has rejected a call from Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] to establish an independent international criminal tribunal [JURIST report] to investigate and prosecute those responsible for human rights abuses stemming from the country's 1999 referendum for independence [BBC backgrounder] from [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) [official website] Secretary Janet Napolitano [official profile] announced [press release] Thursday new restrictions on controversial searches of laptop computers at the US border. DHS issued directives to the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) [official website] and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) [directives, [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] The registrar of the Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] on Thursday rejected a petition seeking treason charges against former president Pervez Musharraf [official profile; JURIST news archive], finding that the applicant lacked standing and that the Supreme Court was not the appropriate forum for such a petition. The [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] A judge in the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Wednesday ordered [opinion, PDF] the government to grant security clearance to lawyers on both sides of the civil suit brought by former Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) [official website] agent Richard Horn. In ruling on [read more]

07:08 EDT

[JURIST] The popular social networking site Facebook [website] announced [press release] Thursday that it would give users more control over the private information they share through their profiles. The changes were announced after discussions with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada [official website], who in July released a [read more]

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