Legal news from Monday, October 22, 2012

[JURIST] A court in Abruzzo, Italy, on Monday found that six Italian scientists and an ex-government official were negligent in their evaluation of the dangers posed by a 2009 earthquake that killed more than 300 people in the town of L'Aquila. Specifically, sole judge Marco Billi found [Reuters report] that … [read more]

[JURIST] Former Philippines President and current Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo [official website; BBC profile; JURIST news archive] has filed a bill [BusinessWorld report] seeking to allow the country's Department of Justice [official website] to grant "medical parole" to sick inmates. In particular, the three-page Medical Parole Act of 2012 [text, … [read more]

[JURIST] The South Korean government attempted to halt the distribution of anti-North Korea pamphlets across the border into North Korea by activists on Monday after threats from North Korea. North Korea threatened military action [AP report] if South Korean activists carried out their plan to pass leaflets across the border … [read more]

[JURIST] Apple defeated additional patent infringement claims [Asahi Shimbun AJW report] made by Samsung Electronics [corporate websites] in Japan, it was reported Saturday, overcoming Samsung's attempt to enjoin iPhone sales in the country. The Tokyo District Court [official website, in Japanese] rejected Samsung's claims that Apple's iPhone 4 and iPhone … [read more]

[JURIST] Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of Russian feminist rock band Pussy Riot [RASPI background; JURIST news archive] were transferred to separate regional prisons on Saturday to serve out their two-year sentences for hooliganism and religious hatred in connection with their performance at an protest against Russian President Vladimir Putin … [read more]

[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda [official profile] on Monday began her first official visit to Kenya with a statement [ICC press release] that the ICC will not delay the scheduled trial of four Kenyans facing charges of crimes against humanity, even though two of … [read more]

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