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Supreme Court to rule on hotel guest registries
October 20, 2014
The US Supreme Court granted certiorari in three cases Monday. In City of Los Angeles v. Patel the court has been asked to resolve a circuit split between the US Courts of Appeals for the Ninth and the Sixth Circuits regarding the constitutionality of hotel guest registry inspection ordinances that....... [more]

Supreme Court declines to rule on DOJ phone records memo
October 14, 2014
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday let stand an appeals court ruling that said the US Department of Justice (DOJ) could refuse to release a 2010 memo regarding phone record collection under an exception to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The court will not hear an appeal from civil liberties g....... [more]

UN rights experts urge Malaysia to abolish Sedition Act
October 9, 2014
A group of independent experts from the UN Human Rights Council once again urged the Malaysian government on Wednesday to abolish the Sedition Act of 1948 after receiving reports of increasing criminalization of government critics. UN Human Rights Council experts claim that they have received report....... [more]

Twitter files lawsuit against FBI and DOJ over government surveillance
October 8, 2014
The social media company Twitter filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against both the FBI (FBI) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) seeking more information about government surveillance. Twitter is seeking to publish what they call a "transparency report" in order to inform their users about US government s....... [more]

Karadzic ICTY genocide trial ends
October 7, 2014
Judges for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Tuesday retired to consider their verdicts in the trial of Bosnian Serb political leader Radovan Karadzic. Prosecutors delivered their closing arguments last month. Karadzic is charged with genocide, crimes against h....... [more]

Rights group applauds Turkish ruling decreasing government power over internet
October 3, 2014
The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) on Friday praised a ruling by Turkey's Constitutional Court that decreases the power of the country's telecommunications authority TIB to block websites and monitor internet users. The Constitutional Court of Turkey on Thursday ruled th....... [more]

California governor vetoes drone use regulation bill
September 29, 2014
California Governor Jerry Brown on Sunday vetoed a bill that would have required law enforcement agencies to acquire a warrant before using drones for surveillance. In his veto message Brown expressed his belief that the measure went too far, stating that while there are "undoubtedly circumstances w....... [more]

Turkish government weakening rule of law: HRW
September 29, 2014
Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is taking steps to weaken the rule of law, control Internet and media, and suppress critics and protesters, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Monday. HRW tracked the government's response to recent developments and made recommendations that focus o....... [more]

Federal appeals court upholds Ohio ruling on early voting
September 25, 2014
A panel for the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled Wednesday that the district court's order that expands Ohio's voting schedule can remain in effect. Earlier this month US District Court Judge Peter Economus ruled that an Ohio law that cut down the 35 days of early in-person v....... [more]

Federal judge rules donor disclosure required for political documentary
September 23, 2014
The US District Court for the District of Colorado denied on Monday a request by Citizens United for a preliminary injunction to allow the conservative organization to air a political documentary without disclosing the film's advertising donors as required by state law. The documentary, Rocky Mount....... [more]

Egypt men to face trial for same-sex marriage video
September 22, 2014
Eight men in Egypt were referred to trial Monday for inciting debauchery after appearing in a video of what is said to be the country's first same-sex marriage. The men were arrested for the video earlier this month after it went viral on the Internet. Although homosexuality is not explicitly outlaw....... [more]




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