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Legal News
25 Apr 2011
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website, JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Monday in Erica P John Fund v. Halliburton [oral argument transcript, PDF; JURIST report]. The court will determine whether investor losses need to be proven by a preponderance of the evidence at … [read more]


Legal News
18 Apr 2011
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website, JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Monday in Tapia v. United States [oral arguments transcript, PDF] to determine whether a district court may impose a longer prison sentence on a defendant to promote rehabilitation. The US Court of … [read more]


Legal News
14 Apr 2011
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] The Italian Chamber of Deputies [official website, in Italian] approved legislation [C.3127-A materials, in Italian] by a vote of 314-296 Wednesday to shorten the statute of limitations for criminal trials of defendants who do not have prior convictions. The Italian Senate [official website, in Italian] passed a similar version … [read more]


Legal News
11 Apr 2011
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi [official website, in Italian; JURIST news archive] attended a hearing in Milan on Monday to defend himself against charges of tax fraud. After just two-and-a-half hours, Berlusconi left the trial [AP report] saying the prosecution had no case against him and that the hearing … [read more]


Legal News
7 Apr 2011
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] The Alabama State House of Representatives [official website] on Tuesday approved a bill [HB 56 text, PDF; materials] to create an illegal immigration [JURIST news archive] policy comparable to the controversial Arizona law [JURIST news archive]. The bill, approved by a vote of 73-28, would grant state and local … [read more]


Legal News
4 Apr 2011
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official website] announced Monday that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and four other co-conspirators will be tried before a military commission [statement] for their roles in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Holder, who wanted the accused be tried before a federal civilian … [read more]


Legal News
31 Mar 2011
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] The US Department of State [official website] announced on Wednesday that it would pursue a second term [press release] on the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website]. In continuing its membership, the US intends to further its stand against the council's "biased and disproportional focus on Israel," and … [read more]


Legal News
31 Mar 2011
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) [official website] announced Wednesday that it has reached a settlement [press release] with Google [corporate website, JURIST news archive] over charges that the Internet giant breached consumer privacy rights and was misleading during the launch of its social networking platform, Google Buzz [website]. The … [read more]


Legal News
28 Mar 2011
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website, JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Monday in two consolidated cases concerning campaign financing [JURIST news archive]. In Arizona Free Enterprise Club's Freedom Club PAC v. Bennett [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report], the court heard arguments on whether the … [read more]


Legal News
24 Mar 2011
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Wednesday denied [order, PDF] a motion [text, PDF] to lift the stay order prohibiting gay couples from marrying while an appeal of the invalidation of Proposition 8 [text, PDF; JURIST news archive], California's same-sex marriage ban, is … [read more]


Legal News
24 Mar 2011
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] Specialist Jeremy Morlock [JURIST news archive] pleaded guilty Wednesday to three counts of murder as part of a plot contrived with fellow soldiers to kill Afghan civilians. At the court-martial, held at Joint Base Lewis-McChord [official website], Morlock also pleaded guilty [AP report] to one count each of assault, … [read more]


Legal News
21 Mar 2011
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website, JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Monday in Davis v. United States [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report] on the Fourth Amendment [text] exclusionary rule [Cornell LII backgrounder]. The issue is whether the rule requires the suppression of evidence obtained … [read more]


Legal News
17 Mar 2011
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] The Obama administration on Wednesday backed Internet privacy legislation at a hearing [materials] before the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation [official website]. The hearing followed reports released in December by the US Department of Commerce and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) [reports, PDF] petitioning for stronger … [read more]


Legal News
14 Mar 2011
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] A French court on Monday awarded a Bosnian family 200,000 euros (USD $280,000) for wartime abuses committed by former Bosnian Serb leaders Radovan Karadzic and Biljana Plavsic [JURIST news archives]. In an unprecedented civil decision, the Tribunal de Grande Instance of Paris [official website, in French] ordered Karadzic and … [read more]


Legal News
3 Mar 2011
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] The UK government on Tuesday commenced legal measures to overturn [written answers] a controversial European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruling [JURIST report] that declared the UK's ban on prisoner voting rights unlawful. The government requested that the ECHR decision [press release, PDF] in Greens and MT … [read more]


Legal News
28 Feb 2011
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website, JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Monday in DePierre v. United States [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report] on whether the term "cocaine base" in the Federal Sentencing Guidelines [materials] is limited to "crack" cocaine or encompasses all forms of … [read more]


Legal News
24 Feb 2011
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] The Indiana Senate [official website] on Tuesday approved a bill [SB 590 text; bill materials] by a vote of 31-18, proposing a strict illegal immigration [JURIST news archive] policy comparable to the controversial Arizona law [JURIST news archive]. The bill would require individuals suspected of being illegal to provide … [read more]


Legal News
24 Feb 2011
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] Former Libyan Justice Minister Mustafa Abel-Jalil on Wednesday alleged that Muammar Gaddafi [BBC report] ordered [Expressen report, in Swedish] the 1988 Lockerbie [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] bombing, according to Swedish newspaper Expressen [website, in Swedish]. During the 40-minute interview, Abel-Jalil, who resigned [AP report] earlier this week in … [read more]


Legal News
21 Feb 2011
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] The Tunisian Ministry of Foreign Affairs [official website] on Sunday submitted a formal request to Saudi Arabian authorities to extradite ousted former president [press release, in Arabic] Zine Al Abidine Ben Ali [BBC profile, JURIST news archive] following the filing of additional charges. In addition to charges of money … [read more]


Legal News
17 Feb 2011
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] The trial chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Wednesday ordered the suspension [decision, PDF] of the trial of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic [case materials; JURIST news archive] for six weeks beginning after witness testimonies already scheduled for March. The … [read more]


Legal News
17 Feb 2011
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] A Nashville judge ended a four-month moratorium on executions Wednesday, declaring Tennessee's modified method of lethal injection [JURIST news archive] constitutional. In November, Davidson County Chancellor Claudia Bonnyman [official profile] ruled that the state's method of lethal injection violated [The Tennessean report] the Eighth Amendment [text] after lawyers for … [read more]


Legal News
14 Feb 2011
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] Five Japanese citizens filed suit in the Tokyo District Court [official website, in Japanese] on Monday challenging the constitutionality of a civil law that forces married couples to choose a single surname. The plaintiffs claim that Article 750 of the Japan Civil Code, requiring a husband and wife to … [read more]


Legal News
10 Feb 2011
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] The Croatian Ministry of Justice [official website, in Croatian] on Wednesday asked France to extradite [Hrvatska report, in Croatian] former Serb paramilitary fighter Milorad Momic, according to a report by state television. Momic, who has allegedly been living under a false name in France, was arrested last week in … [read more]


Legal News
7 Feb 2011
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] A total of 98.83 percent [SSRC materials] of nearly 3.8 million southern Sudanese voters voted in favor of secession in last month's Southern Sudan's Independence Referendum, according to the final polling results released Monday by the Southern Sudan Referendum Commission [official website]. After the official results were announced in … [read more]


Legal News
3 Feb 2011
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] announced Wednesday that the Detroit Immigration Court [official website] has ordered the removal [press release] of a Michigan man accused of killing Jews while serving as a member of the Nazi-sponsored Ukrainian Auxiliary Police (UAP) in L'viv, Ukraine, during World War … [read more]

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