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Legal news from Thursday, August 22, 2013
by Blake Lynch

The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit ruled 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 gross sales in Colorado exceed $100,000 to mail annual notices …

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by Endia Vereen

The Council of Europe 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 against The Guardian and forced employees to destroy computer equipment, including hard drives and memory chips containing information leaked by Edward Snowden. In an open …

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by Endia Vereen

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 Argentine "Dirty War". Romano denies …

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by Blake Lynch

Widespread police corruption in Liberia is denying Liberians equal and impartial justice and impeding the country's postwar development, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Thursday. HRW based its report on conversations with more than 120 victims of police corruption and examination of multiple criminal activities committed by corrupt police officers, ranging from charging crime victims for …

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by G. Redd

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) opinion declassified Wednesday. The NSA sought approval to gather "upstream documents," email chains that contained multiple lines of communication, under Section …

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by G. Redd

A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio on Tuesday awarded $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 ago. Judge George Smith determined in November that …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the ACLU of Oklahoma (ACLU-OK) filed a lawsuit on Tuesday in the Oklahoma County District Court seeking the removal of a Ten Commandments monument placed prominently in the Oklahoma State Capitol in Oklahoma City. The ACLU cites the constitutional prohibition on using state property …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett filed a complaint on Wednesday in the US District Court for the District of Kansas demanding that the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) modify federal voter registration forms to allow states to require proof of citizenship. In June the US Supreme …

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