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Legal news from Tuesday, February 21, 2012
15:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] in two cases Tuesday. In Freeman v. Quicken Loans, Inc. [transcript, PDF; JURIST report] the court heard arguments on whether Section 8(b) of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) [text] prohibits a real estate settlement services [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled 6-3 [opinion, PDF] on Tuesday in Kawashima v. Holder [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that, under the Immigration and Nationality Act [8 USC § 1101 et seq.], the making of false tax returns is a crime involving fraud or deceit, which can result in deportation, [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistan authorities pledged Tuesday to arrest former president Pervez Musharraf [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] for his alleged involvement in the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive]. Interior Minister Rehman Malik [official website] said [CNN news report] that the "government is moving for [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] A panel of experts representing the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday denounced [press release] the arrest of 16 people by Syrian forces last Thursday, calling for their release. On Thursday afternoon, Syrian forces raided the offices of [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Tribunale Ordinario di Roma [official website, in Italian] on Monday ordered nine alleged Somali pirates [JURIST news archive] to be tried in Italy's first international piracy trial on charges of attacking the Montecristo, an Italian cargo vessel, off the coast of Somalia last year. Currently being held in [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled 6-3 [opinion, PDF] Tuesday in Howes v. Fields [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that a US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit categorical rule that all private questioning of prisoners about outside events is per se custodial, requiring Miranda warnings to be given, is [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Nebraska [official website] on Monday struck down [order, PDF] a provision in Fremont, Nebraska law that denies housing permits to illegal immigrants, saying the ordinance violates federal law. In the ruling, Judge Laurie Smith Camp also upheld part [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Tuesday criticized [press release] Somalia's Transitional Federal Government (FTG) [CFR backgrounder] and African Union forces (AMISOM) [advocacy website] for failing to stop the unlawful recruitment of children as soldiers, forced marriage and rape. HRW released a report [text, PDF], "No Place for [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] The chief prosecutor in the case against former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak [Al Jazeera profile; JURIST news archive] in his closing remarks on Monday again asked the presiding judge, Ahmed Refaat, to give the death penalty [JURIST report] to Mubarak, former interior minister Habib El Adly and four of [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] granted certiorari [order list, PDF] Tuesday in Fisher v. University of Texas [docket; cert. petition, PDF] to determine whether the court's decisions interpreting the Equal Protection Clause [Cornell LII backgrounder] of the Fourteenth Amendment, including Grutter v. Bollinger [opinion; JURIST symposium], permit the [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Syrian Arab News Agency on Monday published the country's new draft constitution [text], nearly one week before Syrian President Bashar al-Assad [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] has scheduled a referendum [JURIST report] on the constitution. The draft constitution omits a clause in the old document that upheld the [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] A court in Bahrain's capital, Manama, on Monday dropped the last charges against former member of parliament and Al-Wefaq [party website, in Arabic] leader Matar Matar [official twitter]. Two previous charges were dropped against Matar in August: "calling for regime change" and "spreading rumors linked to pro-democracy protests." The [read more]

07:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Provincial Court of Justice of Sucumbios in Lago Agrio, Ecuador denied an arbitration decision [interim order, PDF] by The Hague Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) [official website; case materials] on Friday, forwarding an appeal by Chevron [corporate website] to the Supreme Court of Ecuador. The decision intended to [read more]

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