Legal news from Tuesday, January 4, 2011

[JURIST] The Hungarian government on Tuesday continued to defend its controversial new media law in the face of criticism from the EU. The new law, which entered into force this week, creates the National Media and Communications Authority (NMHH) [official website, in Hungarian], which controls private television and radio broadcasters, … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of California [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that law enforcement officers can legally search text messages on a suspect's cell phone without a warrant incident to a lawful custodial arrest. The court held 5-2 that a search of the defendant's cell phone text messages in … [read more]

[JURIST] The governor of Pakistan's Punjab province, Salman Taseer, was shot and killed Tuesday by one of his own security guards, apparently because of his opposition to Pakistan's blasphemy law [text; JURIST news archive]. Taseer, a senior member of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) [official website], was shot while getting … [read more]

[JURIST] Afghanistan's five-judge panel set up last week to investigate election complaints said Monday that it will issue rulings in time for President Hamid Karzai [BBC profile, JURIST news archive] to seat the parliament as scheduled on January 20. Karzai has promised to have the parliament seated [NYT report] on … [read more]

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