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Legal news from Friday, July 9, 2010
by Dwyer Arce

The Ontario Provincial Police on Thursday announced hate crimes charges 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 two counts of advocating genocide against an identifiable group, making …

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by Hillary Stemple

Ontario Ombudsman Andre Marin announced Friday that he is launching an investigation 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) summit. The investigation will examine the involvement of …

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by Dwyer Arce

Patent holding company NTP on Thursday filed a lawsuit against Apple 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 of Virginia, claims that NTP holds the patent …

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by Hillary Stemple

A majority of Italian media went on strike Friday to protest a bill currently under consideration that would restrict the use of wiretaps and criminalize the reporting of wiretap transcripts by the news media. The Italian press union, FNSI, called for the "day of silence" …

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by Hillary Stemple

The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) announced Friday that former Khmer Rouge leader Kaing Guek Eav, more commonly known as "Duch," has fired his international lawyer, just weeks before the court is expected to render a judgment in the case. Kaing cited a lack of confidence in …

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by Dwyer Arce

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday emphasized the importance of upholding the rights of immigrants in any US immigration reform proposal. In a report, Tough, Fair, and Practical, the organization called on the Obama administration and Congress to ensure that the US meets its obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights …

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by Sarah Miley

Australian Privacy Commissioner Karen Curtis on Friday concluded an investigation into Google's collection and storage of private data over unsecured wireless networks, determining that the company's actions violated the Australia Privacy Act. Google confirmed in June that it had been inadvertently collecting and storing data obtained from streetscape …

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by Hillary Stemple

Former Rwandan pastor Jean-Bosco Uwinkindi appeared before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) on Friday and pleaded not guilty to charges of genocide and crimes against humanity relating to the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Uwinkindi was indicted by the ICTR in 2001 and …

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by Zach Zagger

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts ruled Thursday that the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) definition of marriage as between a man and a woman is unconstitutional because it interferes with the states' right to define marriage. Judge Joseph Tauro issued rulings in two separate cases …

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by Dwyer Arce

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Thursday ordered the release of Guantanamo Bay detainee Hussein Salem Mohammed. The government had argued that Mohammed was a supporter of al Qaeda and narcotics dealer who had traveled from his native Yemen to …

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by Sarah Miley

The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Thursday rejected a request from the Obama administration to stay a preliminary injunction lifting the government's six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling. The three-judge panel ruled that US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar "failed to demonstrate a likelihood of irreparable injury if the …

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