Legal news from Tuesday, January 21, 2003
20:01 EDT

[JURIST] As the US Supreme Court schedules arguments in the University of Michigan affirmative action cases for April 1 [NY Times report], Yale Law School professor Jack Balkin pens the second of two interesting installments on the history of "colorblindness" in American constitutional law. Read parts one [Balkinization post] and [read more]

18:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Tuesday struck down a California statute purporting to grant World War II American POWs the right to sue Japanese and German companies for enslavement. The Court said that the statute was contrary to treaties signed by the US barring restitution for work [read more]

17:01 EDT

[JURIST] On Wednesday, the New Jersey Supreme Court [official website] hears the first state high court challenge to a so-called "child exclusion" law barring families that already receive welfare from getting additional payments covering more children. Read a press release and brief [PDF text] from the ACLU. NOW is also [read more]

17:01 EDT

[JURIST] Transcripts of Tuesday's public hearings (first and second sessions [PDF texts]) before the International Court of Justice at The Hague in Mexico's suit against the United States [JURIST report] alleging the unlawful trying and sentencing to death of Mexican nationals are now available on the ICJ's website. The transcripts [read more]

17:01 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge John Bates on Tuesday ordered Verizon Communications to disclose to the Recording Industry Association of America the name of an Internet subscriber who, using the Kazaa [corporate website] file-sharing service, allegedly downloaded and shared some 600 copyrighted songs on the Internet. Read RIAA v. Verizon [PDF [read more]

17:01 EDT

[JURIST] The University of Cincinnati College of Law has posted recorded video of Friday's press conference [UC press release] at which UC law students announced the results of a study indicating that death penalty convictions in Ohio suffered from the same problems as those recently commuted by Governor George Ryan [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court reversed the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Tuesday, holding that a criminal conspiracy does not automatically terminate simply because the Government has defeated its object. Read United States v. Jiminez Recio [decision syllabus] - Opinion by Breyer, with a separate Opinion by Stevens, concurring [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] The official US Supreme Court Order List for Tuesday is now online [Order List, PDF]. [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge J. Frederick Motz filed an order in Baltimore Tuesday requiring Microsoft to release an updated version of Sun Microsystems' Java programming language for the Windows operating system. Read the Order [PDF text], and learn about Sun's antitrust suit against Microsoft [case filings and court rulings]. More [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] In public hearings Tuesday before the International Court of Justice [official website] at The Hague, Mexico is set to claim that the US is in breach of its obligations under the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations [text] by trying, convicting, sentencing to death and holding on death row [read more]

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