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Supreme Court denies request to block use of Texas election district maps

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Wednesday denied [order, PDF] a request by the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) [advocacy website] for an injunction against use of Texas's interim Congressional and legislative district maps in the 2012 congressional elections. The court denied the request without explanation....

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DC Circuit reverses ruling allowing campaign donor disclosure regulations

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Tuesday reversed [opinion, PDF] a district court ruling in favor of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) [official website] which had permitted regulations requiring the disclosure of political donors. The FEC regulations [11 CFR 104.20] were promulgated...

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Italy high court upholds sentences of 23 former CIA agents in rendition case

[JURIST] The Italian Court of Cassation [official website, in Italian] on Wednesday upheld the convictions of 23 former CIA officers for the 2003 kidnapping and rendition [JURIST news archive] of Egyptian terror suspect Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr. Former Milan CIA station chief Robert Seldon Lady was originally sentenced [JURIST report] to eight...

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UN rights expert condemns violent protests over anti-Islam film

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Maina Kiai [official website] on Wednesday condemned [press release] the recent violence that erupted after a US citizen released an anti-Islam film. Kiai stated that protests and rallies must be peaceful to be protected by international human...

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ICTY grants Karadzic 300 hours to present his defense

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Wednesday granted [decision, PDF] former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic [ICTY case summary, PDF; JURIST news archive] 300 hours to present evidence in his defense. Karadzic had requested a total of 600 hours to present his defense, citing the...

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