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Legal news from Tuesday, December 21, 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted 3-2 Tuesday in favor of new rules to allow the government to regulate Internet traffic. The so-called net neutrality rules, proposed by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski earlier this month, would prevent Internet providers from selectively blocking web access. The regulations would require transparency of …

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by Matt Glenn

Sudan's Constitutional Court on Monday rejected a suit that could have postponed next month's scheduled referendum on independence for southern Sudan but chose not to dismiss two similar suits. According to a spokesperson for the South Sudan Referendum Commission (SSRC), the court ordered the group to respond to one of the suits by December 26. Some …

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by Matt Glenn

Iranian prosecutors have charged First Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi with embezzling money, judiciary spokesperson Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejehi announced Monday. The spokesperson said he expects the case to go to trial. Conservative lawmakers say they have strong evidence linking Rahimi with corruption. Rahimi has previously denied lawmakers' corruption accusations and threatened to sue his …

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by Julia Zebley

Toyota Motor Corporation settled US federal investigations on Tuesday by agreeing to pay a record $32.4 million in extra fines for product defects and poor handling of a recall. The fines stem from two investigations conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The first, a fine of $16.375 million, concerned …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The war crimes court of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) on Tuesday convicted four former Bosnian Serb policemen of killing at least 150 civilians during the 1992-1995 Bosnian civil war. The court sentenced Dusan Jankovic to 27 years, Zoran Babic and Milorad Skrbic to 22 years, and Zeljko Stojnic to 15 …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The National Assembly of Venezuela on Monday passed the Social Responsibility Law, which bans Internet content that promotes unrest among citizens or challenges legally established authorities. The law expands 2004 restrictions on television, radio and print media to Internet and electronic subscription services content. The National Assembly announced that …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The number of executions that took place in the US in 2010 was down 12 percent from 2009, according to the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) annual report released Tuesday. There were 46 executions in 2010, compared to 52 in 2009. The report also notes that the number of new death sentences …

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by Ann Riley

Belarusian police arrested hundreds of demonstrators on Monday, including seven of the nine presidential candidates, who were protesting the results of Sunday's presidential election. The official results, announced Monday, declared incumbent Alexander Lukashenko the winner of the presidency for the fourth time with 79.7 percent of the vote. Opposition candidate …

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