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Legal News
26 Aug 2010
by Christian Ehret

[JURIST] The EU Parliament Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats [official website] on Thursday accused France of violating EU law [press release] by deporting up to 1,000 Roma migrants [JURIST news archive] from the country. The group cited EU directive 38/2004 [text, PDF] for the proposition that … [read more]


Legal News
24 Aug 2010
by Christian Ehret

[JURIST] The California Senate voted 22-12 [roll call vote] Monday in favor of a joint resolution [AJR 19 text; materials] to urge the federal government to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) [text; JURIST news archive]. Among other concerns, the resolution states that, under the law, same-sex couples legally … [read more]


Legal News
7 Aug 2010
by Christian Ehret

[JURIST] California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Attorney General Jerry Brown and others filed motions [AG brief, text] Friday in the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] opposing a request to stay the court's recent decision [opinion, PDF; JURIST report] enjoining the enforcement of Proposition 8, the … [read more]


Legal News
7 Aug 2010
by Christian Ehret

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that prolonged use of global positioning systems (GPS) to monitor suspects' vehicles violates the Fourth Amendment [text] protection against unreasonable searches and seizures. The appellate court found that there exists a reasonable … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jul 2010
by Christian Ehret

[JURIST] An extradition hearing for former Bosnian president Ejup Ganic began in London Monday to determine whether or not the former leader should be forced to face trial [BBC report] in Serbia for alleged war crimes. Ganic, who served as vice president during the outset of the 1992-1995 Bosnian civil … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jul 2010
by Christian Ehret

[JURIST] Newly appointed Italian cabinet minister Aldo Brancher [official profile, in Italian] resigned [press release, in Italian] Monday amidst controversy over an embezzlement indictment. Brancher, appointed on June 18 after being nominated by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, unsuccessfully attempted to use his status [Libero report] as a government official to … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jun 2010
by Christian Ehret

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] in Bilski v. Kappos [Cornell LII backgrounder] that business method patents [Jones Day backgrounder] may qualify as patentable subject matter but that a specific method for hedging risks in commodities trading is ineligible for patent … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jun 2010
by Christian Ehret

[JURIST] The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] heard arguments [press release] Tuesday on behalf of Emmanuel Rukundo [case materials; church website], a priest convicted of genocide [JURIST report] and other charges last year. The appellate chamber also heard arguments from the prosecution, which … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jan 2010
by Christian Ehret

[JURIST] US Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. [OYEZ profile] issued an unusually brief year-end report [PDF] on the federal judiciary Thursday in his capacity as head of the Judicial Conference of the United States [official website], declining to address judiciary needs as done in previous years. On a single … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jan 2010
by Christian Ehret

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Wednesday ruled [opinion, PDF] that the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) [official websites] are not required to confirm or deny the existence of electronic surveillance records under the Freedom of Information Act … [read more]


Legal News
22 Dec 2009
by Christian Ehret

[JURIST] Sudanese lawmakers on Tuesday adopted a law addressing how a 2011 referendum for southern independence will be conducted. Agreed to earlier this month [JURIST report] by leaders of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) [party website] of President Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and the Sudan People's … [read more]


Legal News
22 Dec 2009
by Christian Ehret

[JURIST] Mexico City's local assembly [official website, in Spanish] approved a same-sex marriage law [text, PDF; in Spanish] on Monday, seeking to extend equal rights to gay couples throughout the city. The proposed legislation would allow for marriage, adoption, inheritance, and other human, economic, and social rights. The provisions also … [read more]


Legal News
21 Dec 2009
by Christian Ehret

[JURIST] The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website] on Monday charged former Khmer Rouge [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] leader Ieng Thirith [Trial Watch profile; case materials] with genocide, torture, and persecution, adding to previous charges that include war crimes and murder. Ieng Thirith, the wife … [read more]


Legal News
21 Dec 2009
by Christian Ehret

[JURIST] The US Senate [official website] agreed on Monday to close the debate [roll call vote] on proposed health care reform legislation [HR 3590 materials], making way for a vote expected Thursday. The agreement was reached by a narrow 60 to 40 vote, requiring every Democrat and Independent vote available. … [read more]


Legal News
3 Dec 2009
by Christian Ehret

[JURIST] Albania is willing to accept [press release] additional Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees, Prime Minister Sali Berisha [official website] told reporters on Wednesday, calling closure of the prison a "human rights issue." Berisha said [Balkan Insight report] that he will not accept Chinese Uighurs [JURIST news archive] due … [read more]


Legal News
3 Dec 2009
by Christian Ehret

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives Financial Services Committee [official website] on Wednesday approved [press release] the Financial Stability Improvement Act [HR 3996 materials; summary, PDF] to address various economic dangers posed by large financial institutions. The bill seeks to increase regulation and to allow government regulators to control the … [read more]


Legal News
21 Nov 2009
by Christian Ehret

[JURIST] Canada's Federal Court [official website] Friday ordered a review [judgment, PDF] of a denial of refugee status for a lesbian US soldier who deserted the US Army in 2007 and fled to Canada. The Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) originally rejected Bethany Smith's application in February, finding that she … [read more]


Legal News
21 Nov 2009
by Christian Ehret

[JURIST] A federal judge on Friday ordered the release [order, PDF] of Algerian Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Farhi Saeed Bin Mohammed. Judge Gladys Kessler directed the government to "take all necessary and approrpriate steps to facilitate [Fari Saeed's] release forthwith." The order resulted from a civil action brought … [read more]


Legal News
19 Nov 2009
by Christian Ehret

[JURIST] A federal judge on Wednesday ruled [opinion, PDF] that former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Ahmed Ghailani [GlobalSecurity backgrounder; JURIST news archive] does not have a right to be represented by his military defense lawyers in a civilian court. Military lawyers Colonel Jeffrey Colwell and Major Richard Reiter … [read more]


Legal News
14 Nov 2009
by Christian Ehret

[JURIST] The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) [official website] announced Friday that the Obama administration will push for immigration reform [press release] legislation early next year. Speaking at the Center for American Progress (CAP) [advocacy website], DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano [official profile] announced that the proposed legislation would be … [read more]


Legal News
14 Nov 2009
by Christian Ehret

[JURIST] Former US congressman William Jefferson (D-LA) [official profile] was sentenced [press release] Friday to 13 years in prison on 11 counts of bribery and corruption. The US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia [official website] found that Jefferson solicited bribes between 2000 and 2005 while serving in … [read more]


Legal News
12 Nov 2009
by Christian Ehret

[JURIST] The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington DC [organization website] pledged Tuesday to end its involvement in social services if a same-sex marriage bill [text, PDF] is approved by the city council. The religious organization claims that the bill interferes with its members' religious freedom by forcing them to choose between … [read more]


Legal News
9 Nov 2009
by Christian Ehret

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Monday in three cases. In Graham v. Florida [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report], the Court heard arguments questioning whether the Eighth Amendment [text] ban on cruel and unusual punishment prohibits imprisoning … [read more]


Legal News
5 Nov 2009
by Christian Ehret

[JURIST] The New York Attorney General [official website] on Wednesday filed an antitrust suit [complaint, PDF; press release] against Intel [corporate website], alleging that the microprocessor manufacturer engaged in illegal conduct to further its dominance in the marketplace. The complaint alleges that Intel obtained exclusive contracts from manufacturers in exchange … [read more]


Legal News
31 Oct 2009
by Christian Ehret

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Friday completed the confirmation of charges hearing [press release] against Sudanese war crimes suspect Bahr Idriss Abu Garda [case materials]. During the hearing, prosecutors alleged that Abu Garda controlled rebel forces during the September 2007 attack [BBC report] against African Union … [read more]

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