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Legal news from Tuesday, August 17, 2010
by Hillary Stemple

Sri Lankan Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Tuesday appeared before a government-backed commission investigating the events surrounding the island nation's civil war and defended the actions of the government during the conflict with the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), appointed …

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by Sarah Miley

Spanish officials announced this week that Spain has launched an investigation into whether Google violated privacy laws while collecting information over Wi-Fi networks for its Street View maps. Madrid judge Raquel Fernandino issued a subpoena for an October 4 appearance by a Google representative over a lawsuit filed by Apedanica, a …

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by Hillary Stemple

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) releases a new ruling on the issue. In November, the ECJ ruled that airline passengers confronted with flight delays of …

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by Sarah Miley

Hezbollah officials on Tuesday submitted evidence to the UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) linking Israel to the the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri. The submission was in response to a request by the tribunal last week for Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah [BBC …

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by Hillary Stemple

Germany's Federal Constitutional Court ruled Tuesday that a portion of the tax code requiring same-sex partners in a civil union to pay a larger inheritance tax than partners in opposite-sex marriages is unconstitutional. Under Germany's current tax code, citizens in homosexual civil unions are required to pay between …

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by Hillary Stemple

Former INTERPOL president and South African police chief Jackie Selebi on Tuesday filed for leave to appeal his sentence and conviction. A spokesperson for the South African National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) confirmed that they received his application and that they would be opposing the appeal. Selebi was sentenced …

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by Sarah Miley

A federal judge on Monday rejected a $75 million settlement reached between Citigroup and the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) 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 $13 billion or less, when it was more than $50 …

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by Hillary Stemple

A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Monday issued an emergency stay pending an appeal of a federal judge's decision overturning Proposition 8, the California ban on same-sex marriage. The stay will prohibit California from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples while the court of …

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by Sarah Miley

The US District Court for the District of Columbia on Monday released a partially redacted opinion ordering the release of Yemeni Guantanamo Bay detainee Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif for lack of evidence. The district court granted Latif's habeas corpus petition in July, but the ruling was not made public until this …

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by Ann Riley

A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Missouri on Monday ruled 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 right to free speech. The court concluded that prosecutors failed to show …

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by Ann Riley

The Supreme Court of Mexico ruled 9-2 on Monday to uphold a Mexico City law allowing adoptions by same-sex couples. Justices in the majority found that same-sex adoptions do not violate the Mexican Constitution, which, regardless of the familial structure, provides equal protections to …

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