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[JURIST] Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock [official profile] has filed a motion to dismiss [text, PDF] a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] by seven same-sex couples seeking rights equal to married couples. The lawsuit, filed in July [JURIST report] by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] alleges that the state [read more]

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[JURIST] The Obama administration filed a brief [text, PDF] Wednesday asking the US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] 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 [read more]

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[JURIST] The Supreme Court of the Republic of China [official website, in Chinese] Thursday reduced the 12-year prison sentences for former Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and his wife to 11 years each for bribery charges. The Supreme Court also assigned fines totaling nearly USD $5 [read more]

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[JURIST] The High Court of Australia [official website] on Thursday ruled unanimously [judgment text] 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 [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) [official website] confirmed on Wednesday that it is investigating Internet search company Google [corporate website; JURIST news archive] 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 [read more]

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[JURIST] The Myanmar Supreme Court on Thursday rejected an appeal by pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] challenging the conditions of her house arrest. The appeal is largely symbolic, as Suu Kyi is scheduled to be released [JURIST report] on Saturday. However, Suu Kyi's lawyers [read more]

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