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Legal news from Friday, July 9, 2010
15:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Ontario Provincial Police [official website] on Thursday announced hate crimes charges [press release] against a Bangladeshi-born Canadian man after he posted comments on a website calling for the extermination of Jewish people. Salman Hossain was charged with three counts of willfully promoting hatred against an identifiable group and [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] Ontario Ombudsman Andre Marin [official website] announced Friday that he is launching an investigation [press release] into the enactment of a local regulation [O Reg 233/10 text] that broadened the scope of police search and seizure powers in certain areas of Toronto during the recent Group of 20 (G-20) [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] Patent holding company NTP on Thursday filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] against Apple [corporate website] and several other smart phone makers for patent infringement related to the use of e-mail systems that utilize technology patented by NTP. The complaint, filed in the US District Court for the Eastern District [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] A majority of Italian media went on strike Friday to protest a bill [materials, in Italian] currently under consideration that would restrict the use of wiretaps [JURIST news archive] and criminalize the reporting of wiretap transcripts by the news media. The Italian press union, FNSI [union website, in Italian], [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website] announced Friday that former Khmer Rouge leader Kaing Guek Eav [case materials; JURIST news archive], more commonly known as "Duch," has fired his international lawyer, just weeks before the court is expected to render a judgment in the [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Thursday emphasized the importance of upholding the rights of immigrants in any US immigration reform proposal. In a report, Tough, Fair, and Practical [materials; press release], the organization called on the Obama administration and Congress to ensure that the US meets its [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Australian Privacy Commissioner Karen Curtis [official profile] on Friday concluded an investigation [press release] into Google's collection and storage of private data [JURIST news archive] over unsecured wireless networks, determining that the company's actions violated the Australia Privacy Act [government backgrounder]. Google [corporate website] confirmed in June that it [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Former Rwandan pastor Jean-Bosco Uwinkindi [Hague Justice profile; case materials] appeared before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] on Friday and pleaded not guilty [press release] to charges of genocide and crimes against humanity relating to the 1994 Rwandan genocide [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Uwinkindi [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts [official website] ruled Thursday that the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) [text; JURIST news archive] definition of marriage as between a man and a woman is unconstitutional because it interferes with the states' right to define [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Thursday ordered the release of Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Hussein Salem Mohammed [NYT profile]. The government had argued [Miami Herald report] that Mohammed was a supporter of al Qaeda [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] and [read more]

07:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] on Thursday rejected a request [opinion, PDF] from the Obama administration to stay a preliminary injunction lifting the government's six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling [JURIST reports]. The three-judge panel ruled that US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar [official profile] [read more]

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