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Legal news from Thursday, August 22, 2013

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that federal district court surpassed its jurisdiction in 2011 by permanently blocking a law requiring online retailers to collect Colorado';s 2.9 percent sales tax on purchases. The law also required non-collecting online retailers whose … [read more]

[JURIST] The Council of Europe [official website] on Wednesday expressed concern over the UK reaction to the exposure of the US surveillance program, asking for further information. British authorities allegedly threatened legal action [Guardian report] against The Guardian and forced employees to destroy computer equipment, including hard drives and memory … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Chile on Wednesday approved the extradition of former Argentine judge, Otilio Romano, for human rights crimes. Romano fled to Chile two years ago to avoid trial for his alleged involvement in more than 100 crimes against humanity while working as a prosecutor during the 1976-1983 … [read more]

[JURIST] Widespread police corruption in Liberia is denying Liberians equal and impartial justice and impeding the country's postwar development, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [press release] Thursday. HRW based its report on conversations with more than 120 victims of police corruption and examination of multiple criminal activities committed … [read more]

[JURIST] The National Security Agency (NSA) obtained up to 56,000 unauthorized communications by misrepresenting the scope of its collection activities when it requested permission to collect documents, according to a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) [official websites] opinion [redacted text] declassified Wednesday. The NSA sought approval to gather "upstream documents," … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio [official websites] on Tuesday awarded [CJA press release, PDF] $5 million in compensatory damages and $10 million in punitive damages to a victim of torture at the hands of a Somali military colonel some 25 years … [read more]

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the ACLU of Oklahoma (ACLU-OK) [advocacy websites] filed a lawsuit on Tuesday in the Oklahoma County District Court seeking the removal [petition for relief, PDF] of a Ten Commandments monument placed prominently in the Oklahoma State Capitol in Oklahoma City. The ACLU … [read more]

[JURIST] Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett [official profiles] filed a complaint on Wednesday in the US District Court for the District of Kansas [official website] demanding that the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) [official website] modify federal voter registration forms to allow states … [read more]

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