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Legal news from Monday, May 3, 2010
15:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces [official website] on Monday heard arguments [Windows Media file; materials] in the appeal of Army Spc. Charles Graner [JURIST news archive], sentenced to 10 years in prison [JURIST report] for abuses committed at the Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST news archive] [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge on Monday granted bail [order] for nine individuals accused of crimes committed as part of a "Christian warrior" militia called Hutaree [militia website; CNN backgrounder]. Judge Victoria Roberts of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan [official website] ruled that bail would be [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson [official profile] agreed on Monday to delay the implementation of a new state law [HB 2780 text, RTF] requiring women seeking an abortion [JURIST news archive] to consent first to an ultrasound. The Center for Reproductive Rights [advocacy website] requested a restraining order temporarily [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] The coalition led by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki [official profile, in Arabic; BBC profile] requested Monday that an election court delay a recount of votes from the March 7 parliamentary elections [CEIP backgrounder; JURIST news archive] that began Monday morning, claiming that the procedures currently in place fail [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] 6-3 in Renico v. Lett [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that double jeopardy is not violated by a new trial after a state trial court declared a mistrial due to the jury's inability to reach [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] Journalism rights group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) [advocacy website] released a report [text; press release] Monday listing 40 "Predators of Press Freedom" throughout the world. The list includes several prominent politicians and groups including Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran, Spain's [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously in Hui v. Castaneda [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that Public Health Service (PHS) officers or employees are immune from Bivens actions for harms arising out of constitutional violations committed while acting within the [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] An Indian court on Monday convicted Mohammad Ajmal Amir Kasab [NDTV profile] of murder and waging war against India for his role in the November 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] that killed 166. Kasab, a Pakistani native, was convicted on all 86 charges against him. [read more]

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