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Legal news from Saturday, January 23, 2010
13:01 EDT

[JURIST] A German court in Nuremberg has issued an arrest warrant for Argentina's former de-facto president Jorge Videla for helping to cover up the death of a German citizen in 1978, at the height of the "Dirty War" [JURIST news archive]. The Bayern prosecutor [official website, in German] reopened [DW [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Hawaii Senate [official website] voted 18-7 Friday in favor of legislation [text, PDF] allowing same-sex civil unions [JURIST news archive]. The act would confer upon homosexual and heterosexual couples rights and benefits equal to those afforded married couples in the state. Originally introduced [materials] last year, public notice [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama on Friday signed [press release] a bill [text, PDF] that will allow Americans to claim contributions made to Haitian earthquake [JURIST news archive] relief efforts as a deduction on their 2009 federal income tax returns. Under the new law, monetary donations made between January 11 [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Swiss Federal Administrative Court [official website, in French] ruled [judgment, PDF, in German; press release, PDF, in French] Thursday that an American taxpayer's financial information at Swiss bank UBS [corporate website] may not be disclosed to the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) [official website] pursuant to an August [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] Lithuanian Foreign Minister Vygaudas Usackas [official profile] resigned [press release] Thursday in the midst of a dispute with President Dalia Grybauskaite [official profile] over secret US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] secret prisons [JURIST news archive] in the country. Grybauskaite has publicly said that she believes there were [read more]

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