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Israeli writer wins right to have ‘no religion’

JERUSALEM — An Israeli writer has won a historic court victory granting his request to be officially registered as “without religion” rather than “Jewish,” Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported on Sunday. Yoram Kaniuk turned to the courts in May after the interior ministry refused to alter his official religious status from…

Supreme Court rules against Microsoft in patent case

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court upheld a $290 million patent infringement verdict against US software giant Microsoft on Thursday in a closely watched case brought by a small Canadian company. Toronto-based i4i Inc. sued the Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft in March 2007, claiming that some versions of popular Word software…

Democrats broaden push for campaign donor transparency

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Democratic congressman filed a lawsuit on Thursday against the Federal Election Commission, widening efforts to expose anonymous campaign donations as the 2012 U.S. election gets under way. Representative Chris van Hollen, the senior Democrat on the House of Representatives’ Budget Committee, filed the suit challenging FEC…

Ontario judge strikes down marijuana laws

A Canadian court ruled the government has three months to revise its unconstitutional medical marijuana program before the drug will become effectively legal to possess and produce in the country. Ontario Superior Court Justice Donald Taliano ruled that Canada’s medical marijuana program is invalid because regulations made it too difficult…

Appeal to keep Twitter data out of WikiLeaks probe filed

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – Internet rights attorneys appealed a US judge’s order that Twitter must hand over data of three users in contact with the controversial website WikiLeaks. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) challenged the March 3 ruling on behalf of Icelandic parliamentarian Birgitta…

Group: Supreme Court justices ‘participated in political strategy sessions’ before Citizens United

On the first anniversary of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United, which overturned nearly a century of restrictions on campaign spending, a progressive group has asked the Department of Justice to look into “conflicts of interest” two justices may have had when issuing the ruling. In a petition to…

Obama to appeal stem cell research ruling

The US Justice Department said Tuesday it will appeal a judge’s decision to block federal funding for stemcell research, risking an election year fight over hot button issues of science and religion. “I can confirm we plan to appeal,” said Tracy Schmaller, a Justice Department spokesperson, adding that the department…

Court to US: Prove case against Gitmo prisoner, or release him

US government prosecutors must present evidence that an Algerian detainee held at Guantanamo Bay for over eight years truly belongs to Al-Qaeda or release him, a federal appeals court has ruled. The decision by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has broad implications for the credibility…

Updated: Supreme Court vacates Siegelman decision

In a surprise decision Tuesday morning, the United States Supreme Court vacated an earlier ruling by a lower court in the case of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman, who was convicted of bribery and honest services fraud in 2006 in a case that has widely been criticized as politically motivated.…

Supreme Court ruling may not help Democrats targeted by Bush US Attorneys

Decision might apply if cases are taken up by the Supreme Court on appeal; lawyers have mixed reactions A unanimous Supreme Court ruling last Thursday, which set aside the conviction of former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling on a charge of honest-services wire fraud, may not help the cause of either…

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