Legal news from Tuesday, February 10, 2009
17:02 EDT

[JURIST] US Solicitor General nominee Elena Kagan [profile] said Tuesday that she was committed to being "true to the rule of law" in confirmation hearings [committee materials] before the Senate Judiciary Committee [committee website]. Kagan, currently the Dean at Harvard Law School [official website], said that if confirmed she would [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] urged the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] Monday to refrain from addressing the definition of an enemy combatant [response, PDF], an exercise which the DOJ argues could force the Court to unnecessarily decide the scope of [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] Italian lawmakers have said they still plan to vote [Corriere della Sera report] on legislation [draft text, in Italian] that would make it a crime to remove a feeding tube from a comatose patient, despite the death Monday of Eluana Englaro [materials, in Italian], the woman whose case gave [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) [official profile] Monday called for a South Africa-style truth commission [transcript] to investigate controversial actions by the George W. Bush administration, including justifications for the Iraq war, the treatment of military detainees, and the warrantless wiretapping [JURIST news archives] [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] A special panel of federal judges tentatively ruled [opinion; PDF] on Monday that California must reduce its prison population in order to relieve overcrowding. Based on the evidence presented, the panel concluded that overcrowding has resulted in the state's failure to deliver constitutionally-adequate mental and physical health care to [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] An Albania Supreme Court [official website] judge was shot four times outside his home in the capital Tirana, according to local police Monday. Ardian Nuni [official profile], a former law professor nominated to the high court in 2007, was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries to his shoulder and leg. The [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Mexican government published a law [draft text, in Spanish] Monday that will create a database of mobile phone users in the country, including vital information and fingerprints, once it takes effect in April. The law, published in the Official Gazette of the Federation [official website, in Spanish], amends [read more]

07:02 EDT

[JURIST] Wu Shu-Chen, the wife of former Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of money-laundering and forgery, but denied charges that she embezzled from the presidential state affairs fund. Wu claims the money was a political donation [Taiwan News report], and was [read more]

07:02 EDT

[JURIST] US financier Bernard Madoff [JURIST news archive] consented to a partial judgment [SEC press release] with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website] Monday over civil charges brought by the SEC to obtain a preliminary injunction and asset freeze against him. According to the SEC, the agreement [read more]

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