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Legal news from Thursday, January 20, 2011
14:01 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website] on Wednesday said that a team of experts will be sent to Tunisia [press release] within the next week to assess the human rights priorities and meet with interim authorities following the ousting of its president [JURIST report] last [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Obama administration may increase its use of controversial military commissions [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] for Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees, according to a New York Times report [text] Wednesday. Per the report, administration officials plan to rescind an order issued on Obama's first day in office [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] The UK Court of Appeal [official website] on Thursday found in favor of Finnish telecommunications company Nokia [corporate website] in its most recent patent suit against German intellectual property firm IPCom GmbH & Co [corporate website]. The ruling [text] invalidates two European patents held by IPCom, for which the [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] A key defendant in the Galleon Group insider trading case pleaded guilty [press release] Wednesday to three counts of conspiracy to commit securities fraud before judge Richard Holwell of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website]. Danielle Chiesi was accused of communicating non-public [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] UN rights officials on Wednesday expressed "grave concerns" over continued post-election violence in the Ivory Coast [CIA backgrounder; JURIST news archive], cautioning that genocide could be imminent [press briefing]. During a daily briefing, UN Special Advisor on Genocide Francis Deng [official profile, PDF] and Special Advisor on the Responsibility [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] Accused Arizona gunman Jared Lee Loughner [JURIST news archive; case materials] was indicted [text, PDF; press release] Wednesday by a federal grand jury in Tuscon, Arizona. He is charged with attempting to assassinate a member of Congress [18 USC § 351(c)] and two counts of attempting to murder a [read more]

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[JURIST] Four people, including former UN spokesperson Michele Montas, filed criminal complaints on Wednesday against former Haitian president Jean-Claude Duvalier [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Montas, who worked for the UN under Ban-Ki Moon, as well as Alix Fils-Aime and Claude and Nicole Magloire, allege that Duvalier committed crimes against [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] ruled Tuesday that California state employees can sue for discrimination over the exclusion of their same-sex spouses from long-term health care programs. The Obama administration had been seeking to have the lawsuit dismissed on [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for Google [corporate website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday filed an appeal in Spanish court hoping to overturn orders from Spanish authorities to remove websites that allegedly violate privacy rights. Spain's Data Protection Agency [Privireal backgrounder] filed 90 orders for Google to remove the websites from its database. [read more]

07:01 EDT

[JURIST] Human rights groups are calling for Lithuania to reopen its investigation into whether the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] had a secret prison in the country. Statements from Amnesty International (AI) and Reprieve [press releases] say that Friday's decision to stop the investigation [Baltic Times report] was [read more]

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