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Legal news from Friday, March 21, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday declared one of the nation's harshest eavesdropping laws unconstitutional, stating the law was severely broad and violated basic free speech rights. The court ruled Thursday in People v. Clark and People v. Melongo, which both dealt with audio recording, striking down the Illinois Eavesdropping Act. The 1961 Act …

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by Amy Mathieu

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Friday overturned a lower court that struck down the Federal Reserve's cap on how much banks are permitted to charge businesses for debit card transactions. The lawsuit was initiated by a coalition of retail groups that argued that the cap was …

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by William Helbling

Human Rights Watch (HRW) issued a report on Friday stating that illegal armed groups have caused hundreds of people to flee Colombia's main Pacific port of Buenaventura in the past two years. Historically, illegal guerrilla groups within Colombia have been concentrated within the rural areas outside of Buenaventura. Recently, the military successor groups known as …

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by Amy Mathieu

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan attempted to block Twitter on Friday but users quickly found ways to circumvent the ban. The ban came after audio recordings of a voice, resembling Erdogan's, instructed his son to dispose of large amounts of money during a police search were leaked via Twitter. Ergodan …

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by Stephen Adelgren

The Taipei District Court on Friday sentenced Taiwanese Prosecutor-general Huang Shih-ming to 14 months in prison for passing confidential information to the country's president regarding investigations into corruption charges. The investigation referred to allegations of "influence-peddling" in the country, and the evidence against Huang was reportedly gathered by a wiretap on the phone …

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by Stephen Adelgren

Uruguayan President Jose Mujica announced on Thursday that his country has agreed with US President Barack Obama to take five inmates at Guantanamo Bay, reportedly stating that they would be "welcome to work and stay with their families in Uruguay." Obama is attempting to live up to his promise to release …

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by Addison Morris

Thailand's Constitutional Court on Friday declared the country's recent general election to be be invalid, adding further complication to the current political crisis in which protesters have demanded the yielding of governmental power to an interim appointed council. In a 6-3 decision, the court nullified the February election, deeming it unconstitutional due to the fact that all …

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by Addison Morris

The Ivory Coast's government on Thursday announced plans to hand over Charles Ble Goude, the former Ivory Coast Minister for Sports and Youth, to the International Criminal Court (ICC). Ble Goude is accused of working with former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo to orchestrate a wave of post-election violence …

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by Matthew Pomy

The Georgia State Senate on Thursday approved a bill legalizing the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. The bill carves our narrow acceptable uses and is careful to make clear it is not meant to be a step towards outright legalization. Specifically, the bill legalizes the use of cannabidoils (CBD), which is high in tetrahydrocannabinol …

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by Matthew Pomy

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday signed legislation making Crimea officially part of Russia. The bills passed the House almost unanimously despite significant international criticism. Others have called the measure necessary to protect the ethnic Russians within Crimea, with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov telling the Duma that the unification …

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by Ann Schober

Chevron Corporation on Tuesday filed for reimbursement of attorneys' fees against Attorney Steven Donziger and others in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. Chevron prevailed earlier this month in its lawsuit against Donziger for fraud and racketeering and demands compensation for over $32 million the company …

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by Kimberly Bennett

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Thursday urged the international community to step up its human rights efforts in the Central African Republic (CAR) during opening remarks at a press conference during a visit to the country. Expressing the urgent need to restore law in order in the country, Pillay called …

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by Kimberly Bennett

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Thursday ruled that California's controversial voter-approved DNA collection law likely passes constitutional scrutiny. This is the second time that the court has looked at the case. The law allows police to collect a DNA sample from any adult arrested for or charged with …

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