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Legal news from Tuesday, August 17, 2010
15:08 EDT

[JURIST] Sri Lankan Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa [official profile] on Tuesday appeared before a government-backed commission [press release] investigating the events surrounding the island nation's civil war [JURIST news archive] and defended the actions of the government during the conflict with the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) [JURIST [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] Spanish officials announced this week that Spain has launched an investigation into whether Google [corporate website; JURIST news archive] violated privacy laws while collecting information over Wi-Fi networks for its Street View maps [website]. Madrid judge Raquel Fernandino issued a subpoena [BBC report] for an October 4 appearance by [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] The UK High Court on Tuesday suspended enforcement of a regulation requiring airlines to compensate passengers for flights that are delayed for more than three hours, until the European Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website] releases a new ruling on the issue. In November, the ECJ ruled [case materials; [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] Hezbollah [CFR backgrounders] officials on Tuesday submitted evidence to the UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) [official website; JURIST news archive] linking Israel to the the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri [JURIST news archive]. The submission was in response to a request by the tribunal [JURIST [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] Germany's Federal Constitutional Court [official website, in German] ruled [press release, in German] Tuesday that a portion of the tax code requiring same-sex partners in a civil union [JURIST news archive] to pay a larger inheritance tax than partners in opposite-sex marriages is unconstitutional. Under Germany's current tax code, [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] Former INTERPOL [official website] president and South African police chief Jackie Selebi [official profile; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday filed for leave to appeal his sentence and conviction. A spokesperson for the South African National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) [official website] confirmed that they received his application [AFP report] and [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge on Monday rejected a $75 million settlement [JURIST report] reached between Citigroup [corporate website] and the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website] last month to resolve charges of misleading investors about Citigroup's exposure to sub-prime mortgage-related assets. Citigroup represented that its sub-prime exposure was [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Monday issued an emergency stay [order, PDF] pending an appeal of a federal judge's decision overturning Proposition 8, the California ban on same-sex marriage [JURIST news archives]. The stay will prohibit California from [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Monday released a partially redacted opinion [text, PDF] ordering the release of Yemeni Guantanamo Bay detainee Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif [NYT profile] for lack of evidence. The district court granted [JURIST report] Latif's habeas corpus petition in [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Missouri [official website] on Monday ruled [opinion] that Missouri laws restricting protests near funerals are unconstitutional. Judge Fernando Gaitan held that two 2006 laws banning protests at funerals violated the US Constitution's First Amendment [text] right to [read more]

07:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Mexico [official website, in Spanish] ruled 9-2 on Monday to uphold [press release, in Spanish] a Mexico City law allowing adoptions by same-sex couples. Justices in the majority found that same-sex adoptions do not violate [El Universal report, in Spanish] the Mexican Constitution [text, PDF], [read more]

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