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Bold Move: Lawyer Demands Phone Records from NSA to Prove Client’s Innocence Bold Move: Lawyer Demands Phone Records from NSA to Prove Client’s Innocence
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This is either the most brilliantly executed defensive move I’ve heard about in quite some time, or possibly the most ill-conceived air-grab since my buddy asked to read his wife’s texts “to prove she’s getting them ok.” Only time will …

Bin Laden Death Photos Won’t Be Released, Thanks To Court Ruling
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Three judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit unanimously ruled today that the U.S. government can keep death photos of Osama bin Laden secret. There are apparently over fifty of them. Bin Laden was …

Is Liking Something On Facebook An Act Of Free Speech? Is Liking Something On Facebook An Act Of Free Speech?
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Last year, a Virginia judge ruled that a Facebook “like” is not protected by the First Amendment. The story goes like this: Deputy Sheriff Daniel Ray Carter of Hampton, Virginia “liked” the page of “Jim Adams for Hampton Sheriff.” Carter’s …

Yahoo Gets Mexican Yellow Pages Ruling Overturned Yahoo Gets Mexican Yellow Pages Ruling Overturned

The Superior Court of Justice for the Federal District in Mexico agreed to overturn awards against Yahoo and Yahoo Mexico after Yahoo appealed a previous ruling that had ordered it to pay $2.75 billion in a suit brought by Worldwide …

Abortion Doctor Found Guilty Of Murder

Update: Gosnell gets life in prison Dr. Kermit Gosnell, a former abortion doctor in Philadelphia, was found guilty of three out of four counts of first-degree murder today, and could face the death penalty. Gosnell was reportedly known for performing …

Michael Arrington Sues Rape Accuser Jenn Allen Michael Arrington Sues Rape Accuser Jenn Allen

Jenn Allen, an ex-girlfriend of Techcrunch/Crunchfund Founder Michael Arrington, recently took to Facebook to make abuse allegations against him. While rape was not mentioned in the initial post, she later brought that up in comments on a Gawker article about …

Hogan On Gawker: They Are ‘Flagrantly’ Violating A Court Order

Hulk Hogan and his lawyers filed a motion to hold Gawker in contempt of court for disobeying a court order to remove an article about the infamous Hulk Hogan sex tape. Again, that’s the article, not just the video. The …

5th Amendment Protects Child Porn Suspect from Compelled Decryption 5th Amendment Protects Child Porn Suspect from Compelled Decryption
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A man accused of housing child pornography on multiple hard drives will not be forced to give authorities access, after a Wisconsin judge rules that doing so would violate his 5th Amendment rights against self-incrimination. The case involves Jeffrey Feldman, …

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Complaint Describes Carjacking Episode

As previously reported, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been officially charged with one count of using and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction (an improvised explosive device) against persons and property within the United States resulting …

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Charged, Faces Possible Death Penalty
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Nineteen-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been officially charged with using a weapon of mass destruction in the Boston Marathon bombings on on April 15. He has been charged specifically with one count of using and conspiring to use a weapon of …

CVS Includes Racist Slur On Receipt, Gets Sued CVS Includes Racist Slur On Receipt, Gets Sued
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Hyun Lee, a 37-year-old from New Jersey, is suing CVS for $1 million after allegedly receiving a receipt replacing her name with a racial slur when she wen to pick up her photos. Instead of the receipt saying “Hyun Lee,” …

YouTube Beats Viacom For Second Time YouTube Beats Viacom For Second Time
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Viacom and Google (specifically YouTube) have been engaged in a legal battle for years, as Viacom accused the site of illegally hosting its property. Though Viacom has lost this battle in the past, the media giant refused to accept the …

Italian Prosecutor Appeals Google Execs’ Acquittal Italian Prosecutor Appeals Google Execs’ Acquittal

About seven years ago, a video was uploaded to YouTube featuring a group of school kids bullying an autistic child. This led to three Google executives – David Drummond, Peter Fleischer (pictured) and George Reyes – being convicted in 2010 …

Garth Brooks Sued, Accused Of Fraud
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Television and movie producer Lisa Sanderson is suing Garth Brooks. A complaint was filed on Monday for violation of Labor Code Section 201, breach of oral agreement, breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, and fraud. The …

Streetmap Sues Google For Burying Search Results Streetmap Sues Google For Burying Search Results
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Google is currently dealing with an antitrust probe in Europe, as you’re probably aware. A report this week from the Financial Times suggests that Google will likely bow to regulatory pressure by taking measures to more prominently show results from …

Should The Government Ban The Use Of Google Glass While Driving? Should The Government Ban The Use Of Google Glass While Driving?
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As previously reported, West Virginia is already looking to outlaw the use of devices like Google Glass while driving. Other states are likely to follow. Do you think Google Glass and similar devices will create new road hazards and lead …

Ruling In AP/Meltwater Case Could Be Trouble For Search Engines Ruling In AP/Meltwater Case Could Be Trouble For Search Engines
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Search engines and fair use suffered a legal blow this week, as a judge sided with the Associated Press in its ongoing case against Meltwater, a service that scans news from around the world, and helps businesses track keywords and …

‘Facebook Photo Raid’ May Lead To Legal Action
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Police showed up at a man’s house this past weekend, without a warrant, demanding to see all of his guns, after a photo of his young son holding a .22 was spotted by a concerned citizen on Facebook. The story …

German Law Says Google Can Use Snippets Of Certain Size, Fails To Define Size German Law Says Google Can Use Snippets Of Certain Size, Fails To Define Size

Google will not have to pay to use snippets of news content in Germany, according to a copyright law (pdf) that was passed in the country. We discussed the proposed law last year, which Google had spoken out about. At …

Court: Google Can’t Be Forced To Filter Every Uploaded Video Court: Google Can’t Be Forced To Filter Every Uploaded Video
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Back in 2006, a video was uploaded to YouTube featuring a group of school kids bullying an autistic child. Three Google executives – David Drummond, Peter Fleischer and George Reyes – were convicted in 2010 by a judge in Milan …

Apple, Facebook, Google and Other Tech Companies Join to Back Same-Sex Marriage Apple, Facebook, Google and Other Tech Companies Join to Back Same-Sex Marriage

On March 26th, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in Hollingsworth v. Perry, in which the respondents will broadly argue that state laws banning same-sex marriage (like California’s Prop 8 ) are unconstitutional under the Equal Protection Clause of …