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Legal news from Tuesday, June 29, 2010
by Drew Singer

The EU agreed Monday to give the US access to bank data in order to track the finances of suspected terrorists. Under the agreement, the US can use the Terrorist Finance Tracking Program to access information from the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT), an interbank money transfer system, to track the finances …

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by Hillary Stemple

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday summarily affirmed a lower court's ruling in Republican National Committee v. Federal Elections Commission, upholding a ban on the use of "soft money" in elections. The Federal Election Campaign Act prohibits national political parties from soliciting, receiving or spending non-federal campaign …

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by Sarah Miley

The second day of confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan began Tuesday with Kagan defending her decision to restrict military recruiter access to Harvard Law School while she was dean. Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Jeff Sessions (R-AL) called Kagan's position "unconnected to reality" and held that …

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by Hillary Stemple

Two lawsuits have been filed against BP alleging violations of the Rackteer Influenced Corrupt Organizations (RICO) [18 USC § 1961 et seq.] statute in connection with the recent Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The first lawsuit, a class action filed on behalf of US residents affected by the oil spill, was filed last week and …

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by Hillary Stemple

The British government indicated Monday that it will issue a new set of regulations regarding the use of information obtained via torture. The announcement came as part of the government's defense against a lawsuit filed by the human rights group Reprieve, which has been seeking a review of the country's torture policy. A UK High Court judge …

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by Sarah Miley

Google announced Monday that it will stop redirecting Internet users in mainland China to its unfiltered search engine in Honk Kong in an effort to renew the company's Internet Content Provider license. In March, Google began redirecting users from its google.cn search engine to google.com.hk after reaching a legal …

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by Ann Riley

Amnesty International (AI) on Monday called on the government of East Timor to close legal loopholes in that allow for national amnesties and pardons for war crimes. In a report analyzing the consistency of the country's penal code with provisions of the Rome Statute of the …

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by Andrea Bottorff

Women's rights group Planned Parenthood of the Heartland filed a lawsuit on Monday opposing a new Nebraska law that will require doctors to perform psychological screenings of patients seeking abortions. The lawsuit names several defendants, including Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman, who signed the new …

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