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Legal news from Monday, June 22, 2009
by Christian Ehret

Executives from Google, Inc. will go on trial Tuesday in Italy for criminal defamation arising out of Google Video content depicting a disabled boy being teased and bullied. The defendants include product marketing manager Arvind Desikan, former CFO George Reyes, chief legal officer David Drummond, and privacy executive Peter Fleischer. The charges, which also …

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by Christian Ehret

Iranian forces arrested 457 people Saturday for protesting the recent presidential election, according to state media on Monday. According to reports, at least ten people were killed in the weekend's protests. Also Monday, Iran's Guardian Council of the Constitution spokesman Abbas-Ali Kadkhodaei said that the number of votes in approximately 50 constituencies exceeded …

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by Christian Ehret

A Myanmar court sentenced two members of the National League of Democracy (NLD) to 18 months in prison after leading prayers for the release of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Chit Pe and Aung Saw Wei were sentenced in a southern Yangon court after being convicted of insulting religion. NLD …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court ruled 6-3 Monday in Coeur Alaska, Inc. v. Southeast Alaska Conservation Council and Alaska v. Southeast Alaska Conservation Council that the US Army Corps of Engineers may issue a permit for discharge of fill material otherwise subject to limitations under Sections …

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by Christian Ehret

The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in three cases. In United States v. Comstock [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the Court will consider the Congressional authority to enact a law [18 USC § 4248 text] that authorizes courts to civilly commit "sexually dangerous" persons in federal prisons whose detention is …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court ruled 6-3 Monday in Forest Grove School District v. T.A. that the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) permits a tuition reimbursement award against a school district and in favor of parents who unilaterally place their child in private school, where the …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Monday upheld a controversial provision of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) but avoided a constitutional question. The Court ruled 8-1 in Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District Number One v. Holder that the VRA permits the appellant municipality to "bail out" from …

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by Christian Ehret

The US government is delaying the release of a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) interrogation report by another week, allowing for officials to determine what information to release. The special report on counter-terrorism and interrogation practices is expected to be released pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit brought by the American Civil …

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by Tere Miller-Sporrer

Torture and other human rights abuses in Zimbabwe have become so commonplace that they constitute a crime against humanity, according to a study for the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) prepared by Tony Reeler of the Harare-based Research and Advocacy Unit (RAU). Reeler synthesized data collected by numerous human rights organizations …

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