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Legal news from Wednesday, December 8, 2010
by Megan McKee

A South Korean regulator said Wednesday that Facebook 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 generally criticised Facebook's privacy policy, handling of personal information and the use of personal data of …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Tuesday filed an appeal [cert. petition, PDF; press release] with the US Supreme Court to overturn a ruling dismissing its suit over the CIA's extraordinary rendition program. In a September en banc rehearing, the full US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit …

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by Megan McKee

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. The defendants are primarily high-ranking military officers, including former defense minister Herman Brady-Roche and Juan Manuel Contreras Sepulveda, Pinochet's chief of secret police. The men are subject to …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in Chamber of Commerce v. Whiting on whether an Arizona statute imposing sanctions on employers that hire illegal immigrants is preempted by federal law. According to 8 USC § 1324(a)(h)(2), federal law preempts any …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The appeals chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Wednesday vacated the conviction of Veselin Sljivancanin for his role in killing 194 Croatian prisoners of war near Vukovar in 1991, reducing his sentence from 17 years to 10. …

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by Andrea Bottorff

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced Tuesday that it had reached a $137 million settlement agreement with Bank of America (BOA) over fraud charges for using anti-competitive bidding processes with 20 state municipalities. BOA has agreed to pay $36 million, including interest, to the parties harmed by …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Senate 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, making false statements in his bankruptcy declaration and lying to …

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by Andrea Bottorff

The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled 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 Safety Act [18 USC § 4248 text], which allows a …

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