Legal news from Tuesday, July 21, 2009
16:07 EDT

[JURIST] Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] has implemented a law requiring the country's Internet service providers to retain records of users' incoming and outgoing data for at least three months, according to a Monday report [text] by the state-run PressTV [media website] news agency. The government [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] on Tuesday delayed a vote on the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor [WH profile; JURIST news archive] at the request of Senate Republicans. The vote on whether to send the nomination for consideration by the full Senate is now scheduled [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] The French National Assembly [official website] voted Tuesday to delay a vote [debate text, in French; materials, in French] on a new version [text, in French] of a controversial Internet piracy law, past its original July 24 date. The French Senate [official website, in French] approved [JURIST report] the [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] Venezuela judge Alicia Torres said Monday that she has been removed from her position presiding over a case against Globovision TV [media website, in Spanish] owner Guillermo Zuloaga. Zuloaga has been charged with usury and conspiracy [LAHT report] to commit a crime, and Torres said she was removed from [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] sent an open letter [text] Monday to US Attorney General Eric Holder [official profile] to "express [the organization's] strong support for opening a criminal investigation into abusive interrogation practices by the US government since the attacks of September 11, 2001." The letter appears [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] A report on the closure of the military prison at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], due to be presented to US President Barack Obama [official website] Tuesday, will be delayed [press release, RTF] for six months, officials reported Monday. The government task force, assigned to create a new policy [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Russian President Dmitry Medvedev [official profile] on Monday approved amendments [text, in Russian; summary, in Russian] to the country's law that regulates non-governmental organizations (NGOs), loosening and simplifying registration requirements for the groups. The amendments eased reporting and auditing requirements on the groups and eliminated a requirement that the [read more]

07:07 EDT

[JURIST] Chief judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] Royce Lamberth found [opinion, PDF] Monday that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] committed fraud in its efforts to keep documents related to eavesdropping allegations a secret. The judge ruled that the CIA must [read more]

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