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Legal news from Monday, March 21, 2011
by Ann Riley

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in Davis v. United States on the Fourth Amendment exclusionary rule. The issue is whether the rule requires the suppression of evidence obtained from a search permitted by the US Court of Appeals …

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by Erin Bock

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled Monday that the plaintiffs in Amnesty v. Blai have standing to sue the US government over the constitutionality of a federal eavesdropping law, reinstating their lawsuit. The plaintiffs, including attorneys, journalists and rights organizations, facially challenged Section 702 of the Foreign …

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by Jennie Ryan

Wisconsin Attorney General JB Van Hollen (R) asked the state's Court of Appeals on Monday to block an order issued last week temporarily halting a legislative measure designed to curb the collective bargaining power of unions. Van Hollen's office filed the motion seeking temporary relief from a Dane County Circuit Court …

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by LaToya Sawyer

A federal judge on Monday declined to formally rule on the request by former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich to cancel his retrial, claiming that the motion was neither serious, nor did it raise a legal question. Earlier this month, Blagojevich's lawyers submitted a motion to cancel the ex-governor's retrial and sentence him only …

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by Ashley Hileman

The US Supreme Court on Monday denied certiorari in Clearing House Association LLC v. Bloomberg LP, leaving in place a ruling requiring the Federal Reserve to release information regarding loans it made to various banks during April and May 2008, a key time in the financial …

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by Michael Haggerson

The French National Commission of Information Technology and Liberty (CNIL) fined Google 100,000 euros (USD $141,300) on Monday for violating French data privacy laws by capturing personal data through Google Street View cars, used for its Google Maps service. CNIL stated that Google was not responding to requests in …

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by Zach Zagger

The US Supreme Court will determine whether an appeal of a capital murder conviction can continue despite the prisoner's lawyers failing to meet a paperwork deadline, in one of two cases in which the court granted certiorari Monday. In Maples v. Allen [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the court will review a …

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by Dwyer Arce

The Constitutional Court of Benin on Monday confirmed provisional election results in the country's March presidential election, securing the reelection of President Thomas Boni Yayi. Yayi secured 53 percent of the vote, allowing him to avoid a runoff [L'araignee report, in French] in his campaign for another five-year term in office. His closest competitors, Me …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

Hundreds of people are being held without charge or trial in India's northernmost state Kashmir and Jammu, according to a report released by Amnesty International (AI) on Monday. AI reports that India's Public Safety Act (PSA) is being used to detain people despite the absence of sufficient evidence for a trial. Over the last …

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