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Federal judge rules South Dakota prison tobacco ban infringes on religious rights

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of South Dakota [official website] on Wednesday ruled [opinion, PDF] that South Dakota's ban on the use of tobacco in prisons infringes on the religious rights of Native American inmates. The Native American Council of Tribes (NACT), along with two individual plaintiffs, brought suit...

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Ninth Circuit hears arguments on California DNA collection law

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] heard arguments Wednesday regarding the constitutionality of a voter-approved California law [Proposition 69, PDF] that requires police officers to take DNA samples of arrested persons suspected of committing a felony. Sitting en banc, the judges questioned California...

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Samsung to add latest iPhone to Apple patent infringement lawsuit

[JURIST] Samsung [corporate website] announced Thursday that it will add the iPhone5 [Apple backgrounder] to its ongoing patent infringement lawsuit against Apple [corporate website]. Samsung filed a document [Reuters report] in the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] alleging that it anticipates that the...

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Jordan king backs controversial media law

[JURIST] Jordan's King Abdullah II [official website] on Monday endorsed by royal decree a law that requires Jordanian news websites to register with the government and obtain licenses. The law, which is part of a series of amendments to the Press and Publications Law of 1998 [text], also grants government authorities the ability to block and...

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Serbia court convicts 11 Albanians of war crimes in Kosovo

[JURIST] A Serbian war crimes court on Wednesday convicted 11 former members of the Albanian Kosovo Liberation Army [JURIST news archive] (KLA) or war crimes committed in Kosovo in 1999, acquitting six others. The 11 convicted were sentenced [Expatica report] to up to 15 years in prison for crimes including detaining and torturing 147 people and...

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