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15:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Tuesday in McDonald v. City of Chicago [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report] on whether the Second Amendment [text] right to keep and bear arms is incorporated as against the states by [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously in Mac's Shell Service, Inc. v. Shell Oil Products Co. [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that a service station operator cannot recover for constructive termination under the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act (PMPA) [15 USC [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic [case materials; JURIST news archive] claimed Tuesday that attacks against Bosnian Muslims were "staged," denying any involvement in war crimes. Karadzic was appearing before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] for second consecutive day to continue opening statements [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] Spain's Interior Ministry [official website, in Spanish] announced [press release, in Spanish] Tuesday that national police agents have arrested accused Montenegrin war criminal Veselin Vlahovic in southeastern Spain. Vlahovic, known as the "monster of Grbavica," is wanted on three international arrest warrants, including one for the rape, torture, and [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] in Reed Elsevier v. Muchnick [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that a federal law [14 USC § 411(a) text] requiring copyright holders to register their works before suing for copyright infringement does not remove federal [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] 7-2 in Johnson v. United States [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that a "violent felony" requires the use of physical force. The court found that the Florida battery offense does not meet the physical force [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Turkish prosecutors have charged [Anatolian report, in Turkish] an army general and a state prosecutor with belonging to the Ergenekon [BBC profile, JURIST news archive] network and plotting to uproot Turkey's ruling Justice Development Party (AKP) [party website, in Turkish], according a Monday report by state news agency Anatolian [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] The widow of assassinated Rwandan president Juvenal Habyarimana [Britannica profile], Agathe Habyarimana, was arrested Tuesday in France on suspicions of complicity in genocide and was later released on bail. French police complied with an international arrest warrant issued by the Rwandan government [official website] that accused Habyarimana of helping [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] Germany's Federal Constitutional Court [official website, in German] on Tuesday overturned [judgment text, in German] a law requiring telecommunications providers to store information on telephone calls, e-mails, and Internet use for six months for use in possible terrorism investigations, citing privacy issues. The court found [press release, in German] [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Tuesday urged [press release] Egypt to investigate the shootings of 60 unarmed migrants since July 2007 on the Egyptian side of the Egypt-Israeli border. The majority of those killed [UN News Centre report] have been Ethiopians, Eritreans, and [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] Several human rights groups and anti-mine activists on Monday urged [press release] the US to join the Mine Ban Treaty [text], marking the eleventh anniversary of the treaty's status as binding international law. Despite initial statements from the US State Department in November that the US would be maintaining [read more]

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[JURIST] The Paris Criminal Court on Monday asked the highest court of appeal, the Court of Cassation [official website, in French], to determine the constitutionality of police custody under article 63-4 [text] of the code of criminal procedure. The request [Nouvelobs report, in French] follows Monday's entry into force of [read more]

06:03 EDT

[JURIST] UK police on Monday arrested former Bosnian vice president Ejup Ganic for war crimes in connection with a 1992 attack against Serbian soldiers. Ganic, vice president during the outset of the 1992-1995 Bosnian civil war [JURIST news archive], was arrested [BBC report] by the Scotland Yard Extradition Unit at [read more]

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