Legal news from Monday, March 2, 2009
15:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in one case on Monday. In Reed Elvesier v. Muchnick [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the Court will consider whether a US code provision on copyright infringement [14 USC § 411(a), text] removes federal court subject matter [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; briefs] in two cases on Monday. In District Attorney’s Office v. Osborne [argument transcript, PDF; JURIST report], the Court heard arguments on whether a defendant has the right to obtain post-conviction access to the state’s biological [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The UK government's independent reviewer of terror laws on Sunday called for a judicial inquiry into British complicity in US rendition and torture. The reviewer, Lord Carlile of Berriew [Times profile; JURIST news archive], specifically cited the case of Binyam Mohamed [JURIST news archive], the British resident who alleges [read more]

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[JURIST] The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) [official website] said in a report [text; PDF] released Monday that incidents of anti-Semitism [JURIST news archive] have increased in the EU since December 2008 after declining in 2007 and 2008. The report found "an increase in anti-Semitic activity between 2001 and [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] UN special rapporteur on torture Manfred Nowak [official website] has told the British government that the United Kingdom may have acquiesced [Guardian report] in the mistreatment of terror suspect detainees and thereby violated the UN Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment [text]. The [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] A judge from the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website; JURIST news archive] announced on Monday that the ECCC's Cambodian employees will not be paid in March. The UN-backed tribunal is staffed by both local and international workers, and the funding shortage is expected to [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon [official profile; JURIST news archive] on Friday pledged his ongoing support [press release] for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [JURIST news archive] and stressed that the international community must continue to combat genocide. Ban also asked for help [The New Times report] [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] Israeli Attorney General Meni Mazuz [official profile] informed outgoing Prime Minister Ehmud Olmert [official profile; JURIST news archive] Sunday that he intends to file an indictment against him in the District Court of Jerusalem for receiving illicit funds. Charges stemming from Olmert's alleged acceptance of cash contributions from Jewish-American [read more]

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