Legal news from Wednesday, March 7, 2012
15:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US government on Tuesday handed over [press release] 15 suspected Somali pirates it captured in January to the Republic of Seychelles for prosecution. The suspects are accused of attacking a ship and kidnapping 13 Iranian fisherman, all of whom the US Navy rescued. They will be tried in [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief Heiner Bielefeldt [official website] said Tuesday that states should refrain from using official state religions [press release] as a means to enhance their national identity politics, "as this may have detrimental effects for the situation of individuals from minority communities." [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] Samsung Electronics [official website; Bloomberg backgrounder] filed a patent suit on Tuesday in the Seoul Central District Court in South Korea alleging Apple [official website; Bloomberg backgrounder] infringed three of its utility patents. Samsung alleges that Apple's iPhone 4S and iPad 2 infringe patents it owns involving methods of [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] A judge in the Dane County Circuit Court [official website] on Tuesday issued an injunction temporarily blocking enforcement [order, PDF] of the state's controversial new voter identification law, Wisconsin Act 23 [text, PDF]. The injunction was issued by Circuit Court Judge David Flanagan who said that the Wisconsin law [read more]

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