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ACLU files suit for information on automatic license plate readers

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the ACLU of Massachusetts (ACLUM) [advocacy websites] on Tuesday filed suit [complaint, PDF; press release] to obtain records and information regarding the use of automatic license plate readers (ALPRs) by federal law enforcement and agencies. The suit was filed in the US District Court of...

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UN SG urges greater access for women to justice system

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] called [official statement] Monday for the implementation of measures to allow women greater access to justice systems. In his statement to leaders of around 80 nations during the High-Level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Rule of Law [official website], he described women as...

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Federal judge dismisses challenge to Florida early voting law amendment

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Middle District of Florida [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that Florida does not have to provide 96 hours of early voting for the November elections. Under a 2004 version of the state's early voting statute, the early voting period lasted 12 to 14 days with 96 hours of early voting....

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France high court upholds oil company liability for 1999 spill

[JURIST] The French Court of Cassation [official website, in French] on Tuesday upheld [judgment, PDF, in French] a lower court's 2008 decision finding French oil company Total [corporate website] and several other defendants criminally liable for an oil spill that occurred of the coast of Brittany in 1999. Over 20,000 tons of oil seeped from an...

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Norway court opens first Rwandan genocide trial

[JURIST] A Rwandan businessman pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges of involvement in the 1994 Rwandan genocide [HRW backgrounder; JURIST news archive] during Norway's first genocide trial. Sadi Bugingo is accused of taking a lead role in planning and leading attacks [Reuters report] against Tutsi civilians who sought refuge in a church and a...

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