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Legal news from Wednesday, May 13, 2009
by Matt Glenn

The European Commission (EC) fined computer chip maker Intel Corp. €1.06 billion Wednesday for violating European Union antitrust laws and ordered Intel to cease engaging in the anti-competitive behaviors. The EC announced that Intel violated the laws by giving computer companies rebates to purchase nearly all of their supplies …

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by Matt Glenn

In the first hearing on whether Bush administration interrogation techniques constituted torture, one witness before the Senate Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts on Wednesday called memos on enhanced interrogation methods "an ethical train wreck" and another witness claimed that the methods were not effective. Georgetown law professor David Luban testified:Unfortunately, the …

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by Benjamin Hackman

Judge Gladys Kessler of the US District Court for the District of Columbia has released an opinion to accompany last week's order granting the habeas corpus petition of Yemeni Guantanamo Bay detainee Alla Ali Bin Ali Ahmed. In the heavily redacted opinion, released Monday, Kessler adopted a "substantially supported" …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

US President Barack Obama has decided to seek a delay of the release of photographs depicting the allegedly abusive treatment of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan, reversing an earlier decision, White House officials said Wednesday. Last month, the Department of Justice (DOJ) agreed to release at least 44 photographs pursuant to a court …

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by Benjamin Hackman

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held Monday that tort claims against a federally licensed gun maker and gun dealer stemming from a 1999 California shooting must be dismissed under a federal statute enacted in 2005. The court concluded that Congress intended the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) [text, …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Secular Turkish judges have warned that amendments to the Turkish constitution proposed by the country's ruling Islamic Justice and Development Party (AKP) that would include restructuring the Constitutional Court are going too far to promote an Islamic agenda. Head of the Council of State, the …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The New York State Assembly on Tuesday passed a bill that would allow same-sex marriages to be performed in the state. The legislation, which was introduced last month by New York Governor David Paterson, passed by a vote of 89-52. The assembly passed a similar measure …

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by Adrienne Lester

A former high-value US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) detainee died in a Libyan prison Tuesday. Ali Mohamed Abdelaziz al Fakhiri, also known as Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi, apparently committed suicide in his cell at al Saleem prison. The Bush administration cited al-Libi as the source of the flawed pre-Iraq war intelligence that Saddam Hussein …

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