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Legal news from Wednesday, December 8, 2010
16:12 EDT

[JURIST] A South Korean regulator said Wednesday that Facebook [website; JURIST news archive] is not in compliance with the nation's data privacy laws and must more earnestly seek consent from users before accessing their personal information. The Korean Communications Commission [official website] generally criticised [ITProPortal report] Facebook's privacy policy, handling [read more]

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[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] on Tuesday filed an appeal [cert. petition, PDF; press release] with the US Supreme Court [official website] to overturn a ruling dismissing its suit over the CIA's extraordinary rendition program [JURIST news archive]. In a September en banc rehearing, the full [read more]

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[JURIST] A French court began proceedings in absentia Wednesday against 14 former Chilean officials over the disappearance of four French citizens during the regime of Augusto Pinochet [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. The defendants are primarily high-ranking military officers, including former defense minister Herman Brady-Roche and Juan Manuel Contreras Sepulveda, [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Wednesday in Chamber of Commerce v. Whiting [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report] on whether an Arizona statute imposing sanctions on employers that hire illegal immigrants is preempted by federal law. According [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] The appeals chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Wednesday vacated the conviction [judgment summary, PDF; press release] of Veselin Sljivancanin [BBC profile; ICTY materials] for his role in killing 194 Croatian prisoners of war near Vukovar [BBC backgrounder; ICTY backgrounder, PDF] [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website] announced Tuesday that it had reached a $137 million settlement agreement [press release] with Bank of America (BOA) [corporate website] over fraud charges [order, PDF] for using anti-competitive bidding processes with 20 state municipalities. BOA has agreed to pay [press [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Senate [official website] voted unanimously Wednesday to convict federal judge Thomas Porteous on four articles of impeachment and remove him from the bench. Porteous was accused of accepting bribes from lawyers while a judge in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana [official website], [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously Monday that a federal law allowing for the indefinite detention of mentally ill sex offenders is constitutional. On remand from the Supreme Court, the Fourth Circuit found that the Adam Walsh Child Protection and [read more]

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