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Legal news from Tuesday, July 21, 2009
by Devin Montgomery

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has implemented a law requiring the country's Internet service providers to retain records of users' incoming and outgoing data for at least three months, according to a Monday report by the state-run PressTV news agency. The government said the law is designed to help catch those who …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday delayed a vote on the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor at the request of Senate Republicans. The vote on whether to send the nomination for consideration by the full Senate is now scheduled for July 28. Committee chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) …

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by Devin Montgomery

The French National Assembly voted Tuesday to delay a vote on a new version of a controversial Internet piracy law, past its original July 24 date. The French Senate approved the law earlier this month after portions of its original version …

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by Devin Montgomery

Venezuela judge Alicia Torres said Monday that she has been removed from her position presiding over a case against Globovision TV owner Guillermo Zuloaga. Zuloaga has been charged with usury and conspiracy to commit a crime, and Torres said she was removed from the case after she refused to issue an order [Nacional …

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by Abigail Salisbury

Human Rights Watch (HRW) sent an open letter Monday to US Attorney General Eric Holder to "express [the organization's] strong support for opening a criminal investigation into abusive interrogation practices by the US government since the attacks of September 11, 2001." The letter appears to come in response to last week's Newsweek report [text; …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A report on the closure of the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, due to be presented to US President Barack Obama Tuesday, will be delayed for six months, officials reported Monday. The government task force, assigned to create a new policy on terrorism detainees, missed its Tuesday deadline for a full …

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by Devin Montgomery

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Monday approved amendments to the country's law that regulates non-governmental organizations (NGOs), loosening and simplifying registration requirements for the groups. The amendments eased reporting and auditing requirements on the groups and eliminated a requirement that the groups prove they are not a threat to the Russian …

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by Jay Carmella

Chief judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia Royce Lamberth found Monday that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) committed fraud in its efforts to keep documents related to eavesdropping allegations a secret. The judge ruled that the CIA must unseal more than 200 documents relating to the case. Lamberth …

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