Legal news from Wednesday, January 21, 2009
15:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; briefs] Wednesday in two cases. In Corley v. United States [oral arguments transcript, PDF], the Court heard arguments on whether federal statutory [18 U.S.C. § 3501 text] and case [McNabb-Mallory backgrounder] law require suppression [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] A law [text, PDF, in Romanian] requiring Romanian telecommunications companies to retain information on all telephone calls, text messages, and emails went into effect [Nine O'Clock report] on Tuesday. The law requires that basic information like the phone numbers or email addresses involved in the communications be recorded so [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] Proposed amendments to the Russian Constitution [materials, in Russian] extending term limits for the president and members of parliament officially took effect Wednesday when the text of the updated constitution [text, in Russian] was published in the state newspaper Rossiikaya Gazeata [official website, in Russian]. Under Russian law, constitutional [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Paris prosecutor's office [official website, in French] on Tuesday announced that it has opened an investigation into the French business operations of US financier Bernard Madoff [JURIST news archive], following accusations of abuse of confidence and fraud. The inquiry was sparked by a French citizen's suit against the [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] issued decisions in five cases Wednesday. The Court ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously in Pearson v. Callahan [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that the test for whether a government official is entitled to qualified immunity, established by the Court in 2001 [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich [official website, JURIST news archive] on Tuesday allowed a second deadline to lapse without filing formal answers to his impeachment charges [JURIST report]. The Illinois State Senate [official website] established a January 17 deadline to file an answer and a January 20 deadline to seek [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel [official profile] on Tuesday sent a memorandum [text, PDF] to agency and department leaders requesting the review of pending regulations that were advanced late in the administration of former US President George W. Bush [official profile]. The memo, issued just hours into [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for the families of 213 Chinese children sickened or killed by melamine-contaminated milk [JURIST news archive] petitioned the Supreme People's Court [official website, in Mandarin], China's highest court, to hear a class action lawsuit against 22 dairy companies involved in the contamination. The petition, mailed last Friday, seeks more [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] has an obligation to bring charges against former President George W. Bush [official profile; JURIST news archive] and former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld [JURIST news archive] for ordering illegal interrogation methods at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST archive], according to a statement made by UN [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] on his first day in office Tuesday directed [motion, PDF] military prosecutors to pursue a 120-day continuance in military commission proceedings at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] against five alleged 9/11 co-conspirators [DOD materials], including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. [read more]

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