Legal news from Thursday, December 27, 2012
16:12 EDT

[JURIST] Russian President Vladimir Putin [official website, in Russian; JURIST news archive] announced Thursday that he intends to sign a recently passed bill that would prohibit United States citizens from adopting Russian children. The legislation was unanimously passed this week [JURIST report] by the Council of Federation [official website], the [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] has urged Saudi Arabia [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to dismiss a criminal case escalated last week to a senior Saudi court on apostasy charges. Website editor Raif Badawi, 30, was originally charged with “insulting Islam through electronic channels” for co-founding the religious [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] More than 20 civilians, including eight children, were killed in Syria's northern province of al-Raqqa, according to a video [Youtube video] posted Wednesday by activists. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights [official website, Arabic] also reported [Al Jazeera report] that many other civilians were injured in the government's attack. [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] US Supreme Court [official website] Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Wednesday denied [opinion, PDF] Hobby Lobby, Inc.'s [corporate website] application for injunction which would have prevented enforcement of the provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) [text; JURIST backgrounder] mandating that companies provide employees with coverage for [read more]

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