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Legal news from Friday, November 16, 2012
by Addison Morris

Lawmakers in Uruguay on Thursday formally proposed to Congress a framework for the regulation of the production, sale and consumption of marijuana in an attempt to reduce drug-related violence. While the use of cannabis is legal in Uruguay, the growth and sale of the drug is not. The bill proposed [El Observador report, in …

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by Samuel Franklin

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Friday urged all involved parties to end the recent escalation of violence in Gaza and Southern Israel and to respect obligations to protect civilians under international law. Pillay expressed extreme concern over the continued use of indiscriminate Palestinian rocket fire taking place over the past week …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a class action lawsuit Thursday on behalf of New Jersey immigrants challenging mandatory detention procedures. The policy in question is 8 USC § 1226(c), which mandates the detention of noncitizens during deportation proceedings, and such noncitizens are not entitled to a bond hearing, even if …

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by Alison Sacriponte

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Friday overturned the convictions of two Croat generals for crimes against humanity and war crimes against Serb civilians committed during a 1995 military blitz. The five-judge appeals chamber ordered the immediate release of Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markac, who were found guilty [judgment, …

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by Peter Snyder

A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California ruled Thursday that Apple and Samsung Electronics may each pursue additional patent infringement claims against the other, allowing each company to add devices brought to market after the original lawsuit was filed in February. Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal allowed Apple to add …

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by Sarah Posner

A judge for the US District Court for the District of South Carolina on Thursday upheld a provision of South Carolina's controversial immigration law that permits law enforcement officers to check the immigration status of motorists. Judge Richard Gergel ruled that he would still prevent certain parts of the immigration …

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by Sarah Posner

The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled Thursday that Michigan's voter approved initiative to ban consideration of race for applications to public universities is unconstitutional. In a split 8-7 decision, the court struck down Proposal 2, which banned affirmative action in public employment, public education and state …

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