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Legal news from Wednesday, February 29, 2012
14:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday in Kurns v. Railroad Friction Products Corp. [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that the federal Locomotive Inspection Act (LIA) [49 USC § 20701] preempts state-law design-defect and failure-to-warn claims because these claims fall within the field of locomotive equipment regulation preempted by [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] approved legislation [HR 1443 text] on Tuesday restricting the ability of states to take control over private property for public use under eminent domain [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The Private Property Rights Protection Act of 2012 [materials] would effectively overturn [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] Former al Qaeda [JURIST news archive] military commander Saif al-Adel [Telegraph profile] was arrested at an airport in Cairo [Al Ahram report] on Tuesday, according to the Egyptian media. Egyptian security officials detained al-Adel upon his arrival after noticing that his name appeared on the passenger list on a [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] All three judges responsible for adjudicating the criminal prosecution of 43 non-governmental organization (NGO) employees withdrew from the case on Tuesday. It is not clear why the judges chose to withdraw [AP report], but Egyptian lawyer and rights activist Ahmed Seif al-Islam suggested it could be a result of [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] Majid Khan [GlobalSecurity profile], a Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] prisoner who is linked with al Qaeda, pleaded guilty [text, PDF] on Wednesday to five terror charges including conspiracy, attempted murder and murder. Per his plea bargain, Khan must testify against fellow "high value" prisoners who are alleged to have [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] A panel of three judges in the US District Court for the Western District of Texas [official website] on Tuesday issued new voting maps [materials] for use in the 2012 elections. The new maps were issued after the US Supreme Court [official website] rejected [JURIST report] Texas's interim redistricting [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] in two cases on Tuesday. In Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co. [transcript; JURIST report], the court heard arguments on whether three oil companies are immune from US lawsuits under the Alien Tort Statute of 1789 (ATS) [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] The UK has begun circulating a proposal for changes to the European Convention on Human Rights [text], which was leaked to the press on Tuesday. The proposal, entitled the Brighton Declaration [text, PDF], began circulating to member states last week. It is expected to be voted on in April [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Virginia Senate [official website] approved a bill [text] on Tuesday that would require a woman seeking an abortion [JURIST news archive] to have an ultrasound before the procedure. The bill was passed [JURIST report] by the Virginia House of Delegates [official website], and is a scaled-back version of [read more]

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