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Legal news from Monday, January 31, 2011
by Megan McKee

A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Florida on Monday struck down the health care reform law as unconstitutional. The lawsuit was joined by 26 states and the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) and was filed last March. The …

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by LaToya Sawyer

Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen announced Friday that he has reached an agreement with Google to avoid court proceedings over the company's collection of private data from unsecured personal and business Wi-FI networks for its Street View maps service. Connecticut announced in June that it would lead a …

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by Megan McKee

Hungarian Deputy Prime Minister Tibor Navracsics indicated Monday that Hungary is willing to consult with the EU over its controversial new media law. In a letter responding to the European Commission's request for more information regarding the law, Navracsics continued to defend the law but said his government would make modifications if it is found to violate EU law. …

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by Erin Bock

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Friday denied the government's request to put on hold all appeals in Log Cabin Republicans v. USA, a case regarding the constitutionality of the military's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" (DADT) policy [10 USC § 654 text; JURIST news archive]. The government's motion requested …

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by Ann Riley

Thailand's "red shirt" pro-democracy movement on Monday petitioned the International Criminal Court (ICC) to launch a preliminary investigation into whether the government committed crimes against humanity during the Bangkok protests last spring. The application for petition cites specific evidence developing a substantial basis to show …

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by Ashley Hileman

The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) heard arguments Monday from lawyers representing three former Khmer Rouge leaders regarding their clients' continued detention. Nuon Chea, Khieu Samphan and Ieng Thirith appeared alongside their legal representatives, contending that, as a result of the court's …

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by Zach Zagger

The FBI reported to a presidential oversight board that between 2001 and 2008 it committed approximately 800 violations of laws, executive orders, or other regulations governing intelligence investigations, according to a report released Monday by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). The report summarizes nearly 2,500 pages of government documents obtained by EFF through Freedom …

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by Dwyer Arce

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Sunday defended an Iraqi Supreme Court decision finding that several independent agencies must be placed under the control of the government. Among the agencies affected are the Central Bank of Iraq, the Supreme Commission of Human Rights, the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC), the Integrity …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

Kazakhstan's Constitutional Council on Monday rejected a proposed referendum that would have extended the presidency of Nursultan Nazarbayev until 2020. According to the council, the proposal, which entailed cancellation of elections scheduled for 2012 and 2017, was inconsistent with the constitution [RFE/RL report]. In an address to …

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