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Legal news from Tuesday, April 5, 2011
by John Paul Putney

International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo on Tuesday revealed that his office has uncovered evidence that embattled Libyan leader Mummar Gaddafi planned to attack civilians to forestall regime-toppling revolution. Moreno-Ocampo indicated that the plans were made in response to the conflicts in Tunisia and Egypt and included shooting civilians [NYT …

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by Ashley Hileman

The Swiss Federal Administrative Court (FAC) on Monday publicized its ruling that Google Street View constitutes a breach of privacy for the country's citizens and ordered Google to take extra steps to ensure adequate protection. The FAC officially ruled on the claim brought by the Swiss Data Protection …

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by Sarah Posner

Kenya has urged the International Criminal Court (ICC) to dismiss the cases against six senior Kenyan leaders accused of committing crimes against humanity and contributing to the 2007-2008 post-election violence. Kenyan authorities last week emphasized that "the ICC's jurisdiction complementary to national criminal jurisdictions" and argued that, with its new …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The UN Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Tuesday urged the Yemeni government to discontinue using force against peaceful protesters. The OHCHR insisted that Yemen deliver on its promise to establish a commission to inquire into recent alleged government-led killings and abuses that occurred during protests, including …

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by Matt Glenn

Lawyers for human rights lawyer and activist Cu Huy Ha Vu claimed Tuesday that the judge failed to allow key evidence at Vu's trial on charges of carrying out anti-state propaganda. The court convicted Vu on Monday, sentencing him to seven years in prison followed by three years of house arrest, on the basis of interviews given …

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by Aman Kakar

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Monday granted a motion by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to dismiss a challenge to the new net neutrality rules. Verizon and MetroPCS filed an appeal challenging the new net neutrality rules that allow the …

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