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Legal news from Friday, July 31, 2009
by Andrew Morgan

The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Friday declared that former president Pervez Musharraf violated the Constitution of Pakistan when he declared emergency rule in November 2007. The court found that Musharraf's removal of many members of the country's judiciary, including current Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The High Court in London ruled Friday that a man accused of hacking US government computers in 2001 and 2002 may be extradited to the US for prosecution. This is the latest in a series of failed appeals by systems analyst Gary McKinnon, who was arrested by British police in 2002 and indicted …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A federal judge ruled Thursday night that Boston University graduate student Joel Tenenbaum is liable for illegally downloading music. Four record companies, including Sony BMG and Warner Brothers, brought suit against Tenenbaum in the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts, accusing him of illegally downloading 30 songs in violation …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Myanmar court hearing the trial of opposition pro-democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday delayed the verdict until at least August 11. The court was scheduled to deliver the verdict Friday, after hearing closing arguments from the prosecution Monday and from the defense last week. Suu Kyi's lawyers said the …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Venezuelan Attorney General Luisa Ortega on Thursday proposed legislation to limit the media's freedom of expression in certain circumstances, citing the importance of national security. Under the proposed law, journalists could face up to four years in prison for "threatening the social peace, security and independence of the nation, public order, …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

US Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice on Thursday signed the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The move came after US President Barack Obama announced last week during a celebration commemorating the 19th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 …

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by Matt Glenn

Germany's Federal Constitutional Court ruled Thursday that the German Federal Intelligence Service (BND) may not withhold information from parliament without good cause. The case began in 2006 when the BND refused to tell Germany's Green Party whether it …

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by Matt Glenn

The UK Law Lords, during their final session Thursday, ordered the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to clarify the UK's laws on assisted suicide. The case was brought by Debbie Purdy, a 46-year-old who suffers from multiple sclerosis. Purdy wants her husband to help her to travel to Switzerland to end her life …

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