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16:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Monday in two cases. In Hamilton, Chapter 13 Trustee v. Lanning [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report], the court heard arguments on whether, in calculating a debtor's "projected disposable income," a bankruptcy [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] Attorneys general from several states said Monday that they plan to file lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the health care reform bill [text, PDF] passed [JURIST report] Sunday by the US House of Representatives [official website]. Attorneys general from at least 12 states - Florida, South Carolina, Alabama, Nebraska, [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST]] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday declined to reconsider [order list, PDF] a petition filed by former Panamanian military leader General Manuel Noriega [BBC backgrounder, JURIST news archive] to stop his extradition to France on money laundering charges. Noriega's lawyers filed the petition last [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Bangladesh Cabinet [official website] on Monday ratified the Rome Statute [text] of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website]. The ratification [BDnews24 report] will not aid in the nation's pending war crimes trials for the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] against Pakistan [JURIST news archive], as the [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday declined to review [order list; PDF] a case involving a Massachusetts law [text] prohibiting people from protesting directly outside of abortion [JURIST news archive] clinics. Lawyers for the petitioners, parties "who regularly engage in pro-life counseling" outside clinics, [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Turkish government on Monday unveiled a controversial new reform bill proposing amendments [text, PDF; in Turkish] to 22 articles of the Turkish Constitution in hopes of making the government more democratic and strengthening the country's bid to join the European Union (EU) [admission criteria]. The proposed amendments cover [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Kazakhstan's government is failing to curb torture [press release] by law enforcement officers, according a report [text, PDF] released Monday by Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website]. The report, which tracks Kazakhstan's progress in the area of human rights from the period of its adoption of the Convention Against Torture [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Nepalese rights groups on Sunday praised [press release, PDF] two recent judgments by the District Court in Baitadi against caste-based discrimination. Earlier this month, the court sentenced a man accused of assaulting the father of the groom during a July 2009 wedding for practicing "rituals reserved for high-caste communities" [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday declined to rule [order list, PDF] in the case known as Kiyemba II, in which the court was asked to consider issues surrounding the transfer of Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees. Lawyers for four Chinese Muslim Uighurs [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Human rights groups including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Liberty, and Reprieve [advocacy websites] on Monday joined with members of British parliament in calling for an inquiry into the UK role in torture [JURIST news archive] and rendition during the war on terror. In an open letter [text, PDF], [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] on Sunday voted 219 - 212 [roll call] to approve a health care reform bill passed by the Senate in December, sending it to President Barack Obama for final approval. The bill, HR 3590 [text, PDF; materials] was passed after two hours [read more]

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