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Legal news from Wednesday, March 13, 2013
by Keith Herting

Google agreed Wednesday to a $7 million settlement for its collection of improper data during the course of its Street View campaign. The settlement arose from a suit brought by the attorneys general of 38 states against Google for its collection of "payload data," which includes fragments of messages sent over unencrypted wireless networks …

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by Sarah Posner

An Argentine court in Buenos Aires sentenced former military general Reynaldo Bignone on Tuesday to life in prison for crimes against humanity committed during the nation's 1976-1983 "Dirty War". In addition, the 85-year-old general is serving other jail sentences for related crimes committed during the "Dirty War." Bignone along …

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by Sarah Posner

The New Zealand Parliament on Wednesday approved a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, bringing the bill one vote closer to becoming law. The bill was approved by a vote of 77-44, in the second of three votes needed to become law. The second vote is generally the most critical, with the third and final vote …

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by Alison Sacriponte

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Arizona has upheld the constitutionality of an Arizona law prohibiting public schools from offering courses that teach ethnic solidarity, a law which targeted the Mexican-American studies program in Tucson public schools. In the ruling issued on Friday, Judge A Wallace Tashima …

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by Alison Sacriponte

The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, on Tuesday expressed concern over current human rights situations in Iran. In his report, Shaheed found continued widespread systemic violations of human rights in Iran, with reports from NGOs, human rights defenders and individuals presenting a situation …

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