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Legal news from Tuesday, January 4, 2011
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Hungarian government on Tuesday continued to defend its controversial new media law in the face of criticism from the EU. The new law, which entered into force this week, creates the National Media and Communications Authority (NMHH), which controls private television and radio broadcasters, newspapers and online news sites. Under the new law, the …

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by Zach Zagger

The Supreme Court of California ruled Monday that law enforcement officers can legally search text messages on a suspect's cell phone without a warrant incident to a lawful custodial arrest. The court held 5-2 that a search of the defendant's cell phone text messages in the police station 90 minutes after the arrest did not …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The governor of Pakistan's Punjab province, Salman Taseer, was shot and killed Tuesday by one of his own security guards, apparently because of his opposition to Pakistan's blasphemy law. Taseer, a senior member of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP), was shot while getting into his car at Islamabad's Kohsar Market and died later …

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by Zach Zagger

Afghanistan's five-judge panel set up last week to investigate election complaints said Monday that it will issue rulings in time for President Hamid Karzai to seat the parliament as scheduled on January 20. Karzai has promised to have the parliament seated on time amid controversy surrounding the results of last September's parliamentary …

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