Legal news from Monday, January 31, 2011

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Florida [official website] on Monday struck down [opinion, PDF] the health care reform law [HR 3590 text; JURIST news archive] as unconstitutional. The lawsuit was joined by 26 states and the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) … [read more]

[JURIST] Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen [official website] announced Friday that he has reached an agreement [press release, PDF] with Google [corporate website; JURIST news archive] to avoid court proceedings over the company's collection of private data from unsecured personal and business Wi-FI networks for its Street View maps [website] … [read more]

[JURIST] Hungarian Deputy Prime Minister Tibor Navracsics indicated Monday that Hungary is willing to consult with the EU over its controversial new media law. In a letter responding to the European Commission's request for more information regarding the law, Navracsics continued to defend the law but said his government would … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Friday denied [order, PDF] the government's request to put on hold all appeals in Log Cabin Republicans v. USA, a case regarding the constitutionality of the military's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" (DADT) policy [10 USC § 654 … [read more]

[JURIST] Thailand's "red shirt" [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] pro-democracy movement on Monday petitioned [press release] the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] to launch a preliminary investigation into whether the government committed crimes against humanity during the Bangkok protests [JURIST news archive] last spring. The application for petition [text, … [read more]

[JURIST] The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website] heard arguments Monday from lawyers representing three former Khmer Rouge [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] leaders regarding their clients' continued detention. Nuon Chea [JURIST report], Khieu Samphan [JURIST news archive] and Ieng Thirith [case materials] appeared alongside their … [read more]

[JURIST] The FBI [official website] reported to a presidential oversight board that between 2001 and 2008 it committed approximately 800 violations of laws, executive orders, or other regulations governing intelligence investigations, according to a report released Monday by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) [advocacy website]. The report [text] summarizes nearly … [read more]

[JURIST] Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Sunday defended an Iraqi Supreme Court decision [interview, in Arabic] finding that several independent agencies must be placed under the control of the government. Among the agencies affected are the Central Bank of Iraq, the Supreme Commission of … [read more]

[JURIST] Kazakhstan's Constitutional Council [official website, in Kazakh] on Monday rejected a proposed referendum that would have extended the presidency of Nursultan Nazarbayev [official website, in Kazakh; BBC profile] until 2020. According to the council, the proposal, which entailed cancellation of elections [BBC report] scheduled for 2012 and 2017, was … [read more]

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