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Legal news from Friday, February 3, 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans

The European Union's data protection authorities wrote a letter to Google Thursday asking it to delay implementation of its new privacy policy, which is supposed to take effect March 1. The EU is concerned the privacy policy, which will combine various policies of more than 60 of its products into one, may be in violation of EU …

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by Matthew Pomy

Lawyers for two Guantanamo prisoners accused of planning the 9/11 attacks asked the Pentagon Thursday to extend the filing deadline for pre-trial motions. There are currently two prisoners requesting extension, and they both cite the recent mail review controversy as to why they have been unable to meet the current deadline. Navy Cmdr. Walter Ruiz, the lawyer …

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by Jaimie Cremeans

War crimes suspect Leon Mugesera was charged with genocide planning, incitement and distribution of arms Thursday in a Kigali court in Rwanda. He was deported from Canada to Rwanda nine days ago, following a 16-year battle in the Canadian court system in which Mugesera attempted to stay in Canada. The Quebec Superior Court ruled last month [judgment, …

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by Matthew Pomy

The French Commercial Tribunal in Paris ruled Tuesday that Google Maps is anti-competitive because it is offered as a free service. The plaintiff, Bottin Cartographers, alleged that Google provides its maps service for free, thereby undercutting competitors, in order to gain market control. The court ordered that Google must pay £415,000 …

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by Katherine Getty

The Massachusetts Appeals Court held Thursday that same-sex couples who marry and have a baby via artificial insemination are bound by the same child custody laws as heterosexual couples. The decision came after an appeal by Della Corte, who tried to have the parental rights of her ex-wife, Angelica Rameriez, revoked in divorce …

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by Katherine Getty

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Friday ruled that Germany has immunity from claims brought in foreign courts by victims of the Nazi regime. The Court found that a 2008 decision by Italy's Supreme Court violated Germany's sovereign rights by allowing an Italian national to seek reparations in response to his deportation …

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by Sung Un Kim

The Supreme Court Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) on Friday sentenced Kaing Guek Eav, also known as "Duch," to life imprisonment for crimes against humanity and violation of the 1949 Geneva Conventions. In a supermajority decision, the Supreme Court Chamber overturned …

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by Sung Un Kim

Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Friday that Syrian army and security officers have been engaged in the torture of children. The allegations stem from HRW's documentation of cases in which children were reportedly detained, tortured and shot in their homes. There are prior findings that the Syrian government has been involved in torturing and killing …

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