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Legal news from Wednesday, November 30, 2011
14:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate [official website] voted Tuesday to reject an amendment [S AMDT 1064] to the National Defense Authorization Act for 2012 [SB 1867, PDF] that would have struck a provision authorizing the president to use "all necessary and appropriate force" to detain individuals suspected of terrorism. The amendment, [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Federal Trade Commission [official website] (FTC) and Facebook [website] settled [settlement, PDF] on Tuesday regarding Facebook's practices relating to user privacy. The FTC filed a complaint against Facebook alleging that privacy settings on the site failed to apply to third party sites and applications [complaint, PDF]. Under the [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] took former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo [BBC profile] into custody [ICC press release] on Wednesday for his upcoming initial appearance before the court. He was surrendered to the ICC by the national authorities of the Ivory Coast [BBC backgrounder] on Tuesday [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Queensland Parliament [official website] passed legislation [text, PDF] on Wednesday to legally recognize civil unions between same-sex couples. Queensland [official website] has joined its fellow Australian states of Tasmania, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) [JURIST reports] in recognizing same-sex unions. The bill passed [transcript, PDF] with [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati on Wednesday announced that the country has made the payment required to help fund the UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) [official website; JURIST news archive], which has been tasked with investigating the assassination of a Lebanese statesman. According to Mikati, Lebanon transferred the [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the New York Supreme Court for Livingston County [official website] has ruled [order, PDF] that a constitutional challenge to the state law legalizing same-sex marriage may proceed. Judge Robert Wiggins refused to dismiss the lawsuit [JURIST report] filed in July by New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] A Chilean judge on Tuesday issued an indictment against former US Navy Captain Ray Davis, which included a request that he be extradited to Chile. The indictment charges [CNN report] Davis with the homicides of journalist Charles Horman and US university student Frank Teruggi. Both crimes were alleged to [read more]

06:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] in two cases on Tuesday. In Hall v. US [transcript, PDF; JURIST report], the justices heard arguments on a conflict between tax law and bankruptcy procedures, regarding the sale of family farms under Chapter 12 of the [read more]

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