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Legal news from Thursday, November 11, 2010
by Drew Singer

Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock has filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit by seven same-sex couples seeking rights equal to married couples. The lawsuit, filed in July by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) alleges that the state has limited the couples' decision-making powers regarding their health care …

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by Aman Kakar

The Obama administration filed a brief Wednesday asking the US Supreme Court not to rescind the stay preventing suspension of the military's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" (DADT) [10 USC § 654; JURIST news archive] policy. The filing is in response to a petition filed last week by the Log …

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by Andrea Bottorff

The Supreme Court of the Republic of China Thursday reduced the 12-year prison sentences for former Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian and his wife to 11 years each for bribery charges. The Supreme Court also assigned fines totaling nearly USD $5 million. The court remanded to lower court [Taipei …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The High Court of Australia on Thursday ruled unanimously that two Sri Lankan men held offshore on Christmas Island had been denied procedural fairness. The court stated that the government wrongfully denied the asylum seekers, who wanted to apply for visas, access to the Australian legal system. The plaintiffs entered the Australian territory of Christmas …

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by Erin Bock

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) confirmed on Wednesday that it is investigating Internet search company Google to determine if it violated communications laws when its Street View vehicles inadvertently collected private user data, including passwords and URLs, over WiFi networks. The FCC did not reveal any details, but stated that the …

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by Jay Carmella

The Myanmar Supreme Court on Thursday rejected an appeal by pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi challenging the conditions of her house arrest. The appeal is largely symbolic, as Suu Kyi is scheduled to be released on Saturday. However, Suu Kyi's lawyers fear that the ruling could be a sign that conditions …

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