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Legal news from Monday, November 15, 2010
by Matt Glenn

The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in two cases. In Tolentino v. New York, the court will determine whether the exclusionary rule prohibits police from using a defendant's driving record compiled by the state's Department of Motor Vehicles obtained after illegally stopping the defendant. The …

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by Matt Glenn

The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled unanimously in Abbot v. United States that, in construing a federal statute imposing mandatory minimum sentences for drug trafficking crimes committed with guns, the minimum sentence contained in the statute applies unless another statute imposes a longer minimum sentence for the weapons …

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by Ann Riley

A report revealing that US intelligence officials knowingly allowed Nazis to settle in US "safe havens" after World War II was released Saturday by the New York Times after being leaked by former Department of Justice (DOJ) officials. The 600-page report describes the actions of the DOJ's Office of Special Investigations (OSI), created in …

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by Ashley Hileman

The EU has failed to hold member states legally accountable for their involvement in the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) extraordinary rendition program, according to a report published Monday by Amnesty International (AI). In its report, entitled "Open Secret: Mounting Evidence of Europe's Complicity in Rendition and Secret Detention," AI …

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by LaToya Sawyer

Cuban officials on Saturday released the first of 13 dissident prisoners who refused to go into exile as part of an agreement reached between Cuba, Spain, and the Vatican. The prisoner, Arnoldo Ramos Lauzurique, was one of 52 prisoners captured as part of a 2003 tightening on dissent within the country. Of those 52 individuals, 39 agreed …

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by Eryn Correa

Google on Monday urged the international community to ensure the free flow of online information by respecting global trade regulations and establishing new rules to protect against limitations on the Internet. Google estimates that up to 40 countries are incorporating surveillance tools into their Internet infrastructure, blocking online services and requiring …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

Iraqi parliamentary officials on Saturday unanimously approved a power-sharing agreement whereby Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and President Jalal Talabani will remain in power for an additional term, despite tension over governmental power positions for the country's minority Iraqiya alliance leader, Iyad Allawi. Under the basic unity …

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