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Legal news from Friday, January 16, 2009
14:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] granted certiorari [order list, PDF] Friday in six cases. In Forest Grove School District, Petitioner v. T. A. [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the Court will consider whether the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) [text] permits a tuition reimbursement award [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] Outgoing Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] director Michael Hayden [official profile] during a Thursday press conference defended the controversial interrogation techniques used to gather information in the "war on terror." Hayden strongly defended [AP report] the CIA-termed "enhanced interrogation techniques," including waterboarding [JURIST archive], a practice Hayden banned [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Chairman-Designate of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Mary Schapiro [professional profile] on Thursday expressed her commitment to reinvigorate enforcement [testimony, PDF; video] at the SEC during her confirmation hearing [materials] before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs [official web site]. Schapiro said that "it [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] on Thursday ruled [judgment, in French; press release] in favor of French publishers Olivier Orban and Xavier de Bartillat who were convicted in France in 2002 of defending war crimes and aiding and abetting that offense, respectively. The court held [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US federal government acted within the Constitution when it compelled a telecommunications company to assist in warrantless surveillance [JURIST news archive] of certain customers, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review (FISC) [official backgrounder] said in a ruling [opinion, PDF] released Thursday. The redacted decision, dated August 22, [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US has not formally asked the European Union (EU) [official website] to accept detainees from Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] following US President-elect Barack Obama's planned closing [JURIST report] of the facility, according to a Thursday statement from European Commission vice president Jacques Barrot [official profile] during the [read more]

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