Legal news from Thursday, August 16, 2012

[JURIST] Ukraine's Supreme Administrative Court on Wednesday declined to overturn a lower court decision prohibiting former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [personal website; JURIST news archive] and former interior affairs minister Yuriy Lutsenko from running in the upcoming parliamentary elections. The court thus affirmed [UNA report] the August 11 decision … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] announced Thursday that it will require Verizon [corporate website] and four cable companies to make changes in service agreements to ensure that the agreements do not suppress competition [press release]. In December, Verizon entered into an agreement with T-Mobile [corporate website] … [read more]

[JURIST] German data privacy authorities on Wednesday reopened [press release, PDF, in German] an investigation into facial recognition software used by Facebook [website; JURIST news archive] that automatically recognizes facial features in pictures and "tags" users when others upload photos of them. Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] urged [press release] the government of Kazakhstan on Wednesday to ensure that the upcoming trials of two political activists and an oil worker comport with international legal standards for fair trials. Two opposition movement leaders, Vladimir Kozlov and Serik Sapargaly, as well as … [read more]

[JURIST] The High Court of England and Wales on Thursday denied [judgment, PDF] the plea of a paralyzed man challenging the legitimacy of the Suicide Act 1961 and other laws barring his ability to commit suicide. Tony Nicklinson, 58, along with a 47-year-old man known only as Martin, brought the … [read more]

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [press release] on Wednesday under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [materials] to compel the FBI [official website] to release two memoranda detailing the agency's policy on GPS tracking. The ACLU asserts that the memos were written shortly … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit [official website] on Wednesday again heard arguments on two anti-illegal immigrant laws enacted in 2006 by the city of Hazleton, Pennsylvania. Hazleton's Illegal Immigration Relief Act Ordinance [Ord. 2006-18, PDF] and Rental Registration Ordinance [Ord. 2006-13, PDF] would deny permits … [read more]

[JURIST] Arizona Governor Jan Brewer [official website; JURIST news archive] issued an executive order [text, PDF] on Wednesday that instructs state agencies not to provide driver's licenses and other public benefits to undocumented immigrants who have gained the right to work under a new federal program known as Deferred Action … [read more]

[JURIST] A Bahraini court on Thursday sentenced prominent human rights activist Nabeel Rajab [JURIST news archive] to three years in jail for instigating and participating in several anti-government protests. Rajab, president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights [advocacy website], was convicted on three separate counts of taking part in … [read more]

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