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Legal news from Thursday, August 16, 2012
by Dan Taglioli

Ukraine's Supreme Administrative Court on Wednesday declined to overturn a lower court decision prohibiting former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko and former interior affairs minister Yuriy Lutsenko from running in the upcoming parliamentary elections. The court thus affirmed the August 11 decision of the Kyiv Administrative Appeal Court upholding the Central Electoral …

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by Max Slater

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Thursday that it will require Verizon and four cable companies to make changes in service agreements to ensure that the agreements do not suppress competition. In December, Verizon entered into an agreement with T-Mobile to transfer many of its wireless spectrum licenses to T-Mobile. …

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by Dan Taglioli

German data privacy authorities on Wednesday reopened an investigation into facial recognition software used by Facebook that automatically recognizes facial features in pictures and "tags" users when others upload photos of them. Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information Johannes Caspar claims that Facebook …

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by Max Slater

Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged 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 oil worker Akzhanat Aminov all face charges of "inciting social …

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by Dan Taglioli

The High Court of England and Wales on Thursday denied 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 right-to-die case seeking immunity for a doctor who would give …

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by Max Slater

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit on Wednesday under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to compel the FBI to release two memoranda detailing the agency's policy on GPS tracking. The ACLU asserts that the memos were written shortly following the US Supreme Court decision [text, PDF; …

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by Dan Taglioli

The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit 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 to businesses that employ illegal immigrants and fine landlords who …

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by Max Slater

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer issued an executive order 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. Brewer's executive order rebuffs the Deferred …

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by Dan Taglioli

A Bahraini court on Thursday sentenced prominent human rights activist Nabeel Rajab to three years in jail for instigating and participating in several anti-government protests. Rajab, president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, was convicted on three separate counts of taking part in "illegal gatherings" that yielded a one-year sentence each. Each of …

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