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Legal news from Monday, June 1, 2009
15:06 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] Monday asked to have his US military lawyers dismissed [CBC report] for arguing and disagreeing among themselves. The disputes among the members of Khadr's US defense team arose from chief defense counsel Colonel Peter Masciola's efforts to dismiss Lieutenant [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] Finland's Office of the Prosecutor General [official website, in Finnish] on Monday charged [press release] former Rwandan pastor Francois Bazaramba with genocide and 15 associated murders. Bazaramba is accused of organizing and carrying out the killing of more than 5,000 civilians in the in the town of Nyakizu during [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative [official website; rule, PDF] went into effect Monday, heightening document requirements [text] for entering and re-entering the US by land or sea. The initiative requires all citizens of the US, Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, and Caribbean nations to have a passport or other form [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] US automaker General Motors (GM) [corporate website] filed [case materials] for Chapter 11 [text] bankruptcy protection Monday. The proceedings will be handled by Judge Robert Gerber of the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York [official website], the court which is also overseeing the bankruptcy of [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] issued an order Monday allowing the government more time to appeal a ruling [JURIST report] mandating the release of photos allegedly depicting detainee abuse in Iraq and Afghanistan. The order, issued by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg [UPI report], follows a Department of Justice [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] The legislative committee of the Israeli cabinet [official website] on Sunday rejected a bill that would make a declaration of allegiance to a "Jewish, Zionist and democratic" Israel a prerequisite to the issuance of a national identity card. The measure was proposed last week by Knesset [official website] member [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] issued opinions in two cases on Monday. In Bobby v. Bies [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report], the Court ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously that a post-conviction hearing to determine the mental competency of a capital defendant convicted before the Court's 2002 [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in Bilski v. Doll [docket; cert. petition, PDF] to review the scope of patentable subject matter. The Court will review a US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit [official website] en banc [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] A federal bankruptcy judge on Sunday approved the sale of most of the assets currently held by Chrysler Group to Italian automaker Fiat S.p.A. [corporate websites]. Judge Arthur Gonzales of the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] approved a bankruptcy plan that would [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Nevada Assembly [official website] on Sunday approved a same-sex partnership law [SB 283, PDF; materials], overriding the governor's veto [press release, PDF] by a 28-14 vote [roll call vote]. The measure, passed in the state senate [roll call vote] a day earlier by the requisite two-thirds vote, seeks [read more]

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