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Legal news from Thursday, January 20, 2011
by Ann Riley

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Wednesday said that a team of experts will be sent to Tunisia within the next week to assess the human rights priorities and meet with interim authorities following the ousting of its president last week. In the last five weeks, more than 100 people …

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by Daniel Makosky

The Obama administration may increase its use of controversial military commissions for Guantanamo Bay detainees, according to a New York Times report Wednesday. Per the report, administration officials plan to rescind an order issued on Obama's first day in office that halted military commission proceedings and continues to …

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by Daniel Makosky

The UK Court of Appeal on Thursday found in favor of Finnish telecommunications company Nokia in its most recent patent suit against German intellectual property firm IPCom GmbH & Co. The ruling invalidates two European patents held by IPCom, for which the company had sought substantial compensation from Nokia. In reaching its …

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by Daniel Richey

A key defendant in the Galleon Group insider trading case pleaded guilty Wednesday to three counts of conspiracy to commit securities fraud before judge Richard Holwell of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. Danielle Chiesi was accused of communicating non-public information about IBM Corporation, Advanced Microdevices (AMD) and Sun Microsystems …

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by Julia Zebley

UN rights officials on Wednesday expressed "grave concerns" over continued post-election violence in the Ivory Coast, cautioning that genocide could be imminent. During a daily briefing, UN Special Advisor on Genocide Francis Deng and Special Advisor on the Responsibility to Protect Edward Luck discussed their fears for …

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by Daniel Richey

Accused Arizona gunman Jared Lee Loughner was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury in Tuscon, Arizona. He is charged with attempting to assassinate a member of Congress [18 USC § 351(c)] and two counts of attempting to murder a federal employee [18 USC §§ 1113-1114] in connection with the …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

Four people, including former UN spokesperson Michele Montas, filed criminal complaints on Wednesday against former Haitian president Jean-Claude Duvalier. Montas, who worked for the UN under Ban-Ki Moon, as well as Alix Fils-Aime and Claude and Nicole Magloire, allege that Duvalier committed crimes against humanity. The four were allegedly imprisoned …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California ruled Tuesday that California state employees can sue for discrimination over the exclusion of their same-sex spouses from long-term health care programs. The Obama administration had been seeking to have the lawsuit dismissed on the basis of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) [text; …

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by Drew Singer

Lawyers for Google on Wednesday filed an appeal in Spanish court hoping to overturn orders from Spanish authorities to remove websites that allegedly violate privacy rights. Spain's Data Protection Agency filed 90 orders for Google to remove the websites from its database. This case is the first of its kind, …

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by Drew Singer

Human rights groups are calling for Lithuania to reopen its investigation into whether the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had a secret prison in the country. Statements from Amnesty International (AI) and Reprieve say that Friday's decision to stop the investigation was premature. AI says that it has a "dossier of information …

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