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Legal News
20 Aug 2008
by Nick Fiske

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] on Tuesday that existing US Food and Drug Association (FDA) [official website] regulations do not preempt a New Jersey woman's state claim that she was poisoned by the mercury in canned tuna. The suit alleges … [read more]


Legal News
20 Aug 2008
by Nick Fiske

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Tuesday upheld [opinion; PDF] a California public school district's policy that parents may only observe their disabled children in the classroom for twenty minutes in order to evaluate the school's proposed education plan. The parents of a … [read more]


Legal News
17 Aug 2008
by Nick Fiske

[JURIST] The US Justice Department has sent so-called target letters [backgrounder] to six Blackwater USA [corporate website; JURIST news archive] guards involved in the September 16 killings of 17 Iraqi civilians [JURIST report], the Washington Post [media website] reported Sunday. Sources told the Post that the letters, which provide an … [read more]


Legal News
13 Aug 2008
by Nick Fiske

[JURIST] The US Coast Guard [official website] on Wednesday resumed its investigatory hearings into a collision between a barge and a tanker [Washington Post report] which caused the spilling of approximately 400,000 gallons of oil into the Mississippi River on July 23, resulting in the temporary closure of a 100-mile … [read more]


Legal News
13 Aug 2008
by Nick Fiske

[JURIST] The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) [official website] on Tuesday reached a settlement agreement [PDF text] in a federal class action suit brought by two pro-immigration advocacy groups seeking to force the government to rule on the naturalization applications of over 350 immigrants living in Washington state. The … [read more]


Legal News
6 Aug 2008
by Nick Fiske

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that a radio talk-show host's inflammatory remarks about a company which conducted interrogations for the US military at Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST news archive] were protected under the First Amendment. In 2005, CACI International [corporate … [read more]


Legal News
6 Aug 2008
by Nick Fiske

[JURIST] Spain's National Court [official website, in Spanish] agreed Tuesday to hear a suit filed by pro-Tibet advocacy groups alleging that seven Chinese officials committed acts of genocide in connection with China's attempts to suppress protests against Chinese rule in Tibet [BBC backgrounder] in March. The suit, filed July 7 … [read more]


Legal News
3 Aug 2008
by Nick Fiske

[JURIST] The US-led Multi-National Force-Iraq [official website] announced Saturday that it has charged [press release] two US soldiers with premeditated murder, assault, making a false official statement and obstruction of justice in connection with the death of an Iraqi detainee. Staff Sgt. Hal M. Warner and First Lt. Michael C. … [read more]


Legal News
1 Aug 2008
by Nick Fiske

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit [official website] on Thursday affirmed [decision; PDF] a decision to dismiss claims filed by fifteen current and former inmates alleging that various employees of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) [official website] violated their constitutional rights when they confiscated inmates' … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jul 2008
by Nick Fiske

[JURIST] A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] on Tuesday denied an emergency stay [opinion, PDF] for a Mississippi death row inmate challenging the state's lethal injection procedure. The court found that Dale Leo Bishop failed to establish that he would suffer … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jul 2008
by Nick Fiske

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit [official website] on Tuesday affirmed [decision, PDF] a lower court's decision [PDF; JURIST report] granting a permanent injunction against enforcement of the Child Online Protection Act (COPA) [text], a federal law that imposes civil and criminal penalties on website operators … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jul 2008
by Nick Fiske

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, sitting en banc, issued a per curiam opinion [PDF] Tuesday, finding by a vote of 5-4 that if the government's allegations against Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri [NYT profile; Brennan Center case materials] are true, the President is empowered by Congress … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jul 2008
by Nick Fiske

[JURIST] The Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey [official website] on Tuesday struck down [opinion, PDF] two municipal ordinances that prohibited convicted sex offenders (CSOs) from living near schools, parks, playgrounds and day care centers. The Appellate Division ruled that New Jersey's statewide sex offender registry program, … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jul 2008
by Nick Fiske

[JURIST] A UK intelligence official said Tuesday that there are "very strong indications" that the Russian government was behind the murder of former KGB agent and British citizen Alexander Litvinenko [JURIST news archive; BBC timeline]. The official made the comments [BBC video clip] anonymously during a television interview with the … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jul 2008
by Nick Fiske

[JURIST] The Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) [official website] expressed "great concern" Tuesday over Italy's decision to dissolve the office of High Commissioner against corruption [official website], effective August 25, 2008. In a letter [PDF] to High Commissioner Vincenzo Grimaldi, the president of GRECO, a coalition of European states … [read more]


Legal News
4 Jul 2008
by Nick Fiske

[JURIST] Former Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) [JURIST news archive] rebel leader Jean-Pierre Bemba [ICC profile; JURIST news archive] appeared before the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] for the first time Friday after Belgium's Court of Cassation approved his transfer [JURIST report] on Tuesday. Bemba was identified before the … [read more]


Legal News
4 Jul 2008
by Nick Fiske

[JURIST] A US district court judge Thursday released two US Marines who had previously been jailed for refusing to testify about the deaths of Iraqi detainees during the November 2004 offensive [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] in Fallujah [USMC timeline; JURIST news archive]. Marine Corps Sgt. Ryan G. Weemer [JURIST news archive] and … [read more]


Legal News
4 Jul 2008
by Nick Fiske

[JURIST] Officials of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] told journalists Thursday that the trial of Congolese ex-militia leader Thomas Lubanga [ICC materials; BBC profile] would proceed as planned after evidentiary problems which had threatened the case were settled, according to AFP. Late last month, the ICC imposed an … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jul 2008
by Nick Fiske

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday that the First Amendment protected an anti-abortion group's right to display graphic pictures of early-term aborted fetuses outside of a California middle school. The Center for Bio-Ethical Reform (CBER) [advocacy website], a pro-life advocacy group, filed … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jul 2008
by Nick Fiske

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia [official website] on Wednesday reversed [opinion, PDF] a district court ruling and found that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) [NIMH backgrounder] may qualify as a disability under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 [text, DOC]. The plaintiff in the case, Martin … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jun 2008
by Nick Fiske

[JURIST] Canada classified the World Tamil Movement (WTM) as a terrorist organization Tuesday [Canadian list of terrorist entities], according to comments [press release] by Canadian Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day [official website]. Day characterized the group as a front for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) [group website; CFR … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jun 2008
by Nick Fiske

[JURIST] Kosovo's new constitution [text] went into effect Sunday despite a declaration by Serbian President Boris Tadic that the charter of the breakaway Serbian province was legally void. The constitution was adopted [JURIST report] by the Assembly of Kosovo [official website] in April and later certified by the European Union … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jun 2008
by Nick Fiske

[JURIST] A spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] Tuesday defended [UN press brief] the UN's process for choosing a new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. The current Commissioner, Louise Arbour [official profile], announced [JURIST report] in March that she would not seek a second term and plans … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jun 2008
by Nick Fiske

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] Tuesday renewed its call for Indonesia to protect freedom of religion when it stated that the Indonesian government should reverse a decree [HRW reports] issued Monday that provides for the prosecution of members of a controversial Islamic sect who continue to spread the … [read more]


Legal News
4 Jun 2008
by Nick Fiske

[JURIST] A Camp Pendleton [official website] military judge Tuesday dismissed one count of obstruction of justice against US Marine Corps 1st Lt. Andrew Grayson [defense website; JURIST news archive], an intelligence officer charged in connection with the November 2005 killings of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha [USMC timeline; JURIST news … [read more]

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