Legal news from Friday, September 26, 2008
18:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law [advocacy website] this week released a guide [text, PDF; press release] addressing the legal rights of students seeking help for mental illness or emotional distress. The report, Campus Mental Health: Know Your Rights!, provides guidance to students on privacy, [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] on Thursday voted in favor of the Deaths in Custody Reporting Act [HR 3971 text, PDF], which as passed by the House reauthorizes a program requiring states receiving criminal justice assistance grants to report to the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] A former US Marine filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] Thursday alleging that US Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) [official website] defamed him and violated his constitutional rights by suggesting that he had participated in killing innocent Iraqi civilians. In a complaint filed in the US District Court for the Western [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] A judge of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice [official website] on Thursday convicted one of the "Toronto 18" terrorism suspects for participating in a group which allegedly plotted to behead Prime Minister Stephen Harper [official website] while attacking parliament. Justice John Sproat [profile] rejected arguments that the defendant [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) [official website] declared Thursday that leaving a child at a hospital does not constitute per se termination of parents' legal rights. Nebraska's safe haven law (LB 157) [PDF text], which went into effect in July, prohibits prosecution when a child [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit [official website] on Thursday affirmed [opinion, PDF] a district court's grant of judgment as a matter of law (JMOL) to Microsoft Corp. [corporate website] in a suit involving alleged infringement of digital music patents held by Alcatel-Lucent [corporate website]. The [read more]

06:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Wednesday upheld [opinion, PDF] as constitutional a former National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) [DOJ backgrounder] program which required non-immigrant adult males from 25 predominantly Muslim nations and North Korea to register with immigration authorities and re-register [read more]

05:09 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Minnesota [official website] Wednesday ordered [decision, PDF] a new trial for a woman who had been ordered to pay [JURIST report] $222,000 to record companies for illegally posting copyrighted music on the file-sharing network Kazaa [corporate website]. Jammie [read more]

04:09 EDT

[JURIST] Western lawyers involved with the trial of the late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] for crimes against humanity [JURIST report] in the Iraqi town of Dujail [JURIST news archive; BBC verdict summary] alleged in a New York Times exclusive [text] Wednesday that due process was violated in [read more]

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