Legal news from Wednesday, April 1, 2009
16:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Swedish Parliament [official website, in Swedish] on Wednesday voted in favor [press release, in Swedish] of a gender-neutral marriage law, repealing a previous law on registered partnerships. The legislation [proposal, in Swedish] would allow same-sex couples already partnered through the existing legislation to either continue their legal partnerships [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts William Galvin [official website] filed a complaint [materials] Wednesday against Fairfield Greenwich Group [corporate website] alleging fraud for their involvement in the Bernard Madoff [JURIST news archive] investment scheme. According to the complaint, Fairfield Greenwich acted as a feeder fund [Investopedia backgrounder], giving [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; briefs] in Polar Tankers v. City of Valdez [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURISTreport], where the Court will consider whether a municipal tax that falls exclusively on large vessels in the city’s harbor [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Wednesday granted [order, PDF] a habeas corpus petition filed by Yemeni Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Yasin Muhammed Basardh, ordering his release from the prison. His detention came under exclusive review of the court after [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] filed a motion [text, PDF] in federal court Wednesday seeking to set aside the verdict and dismiss the indictment on corruption charges against former senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) [US Congress backgrounder]. Stevens was convicted [JURIST report] in October on seven counts [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] A lawyer for former Khmer Rouge [BBC backgrounder] leader Kaing Guek Eav [TrialWatch backgrounder; JURIST news archive] argued Wednesday that judges in the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website] should release Kaing, also known as "Duch," away from his four co-defendants into a separate "safe [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] issued three opinions Wednesday. The Court ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 in 14 Penn Plaza LLC v. Pyett [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that an employee may not bring a statutory anti-discrimination suit when the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) prohibits such [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official website] overruled Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] lawyers who believe the District of Columbia Voting Rights Act of 2009 [S.160, PDF; JURIST report] pending in Congress violates the Constitution, the Washington Post [media website] reported [text] Wednesday. The proposed bill would give [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US will seek a seat on the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] this year, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton [official profile; JURIST news archive] and US Permanent Representative to the UN Susan Rice [official profile] announced [press release] Tuesday. Clinton explained that the decision was [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] approved Tuesday a bill that would limit the government's ability to compel reporters to disclose confidential sources by delineating conditions under which it may do so. The Free Flow of Information Act of 2009 [H.R. 985 materials] was approved swiftly through a [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] suspended its February decision [text, PDF; JURIST report] Tuesday barring former prime minister Nawaz Sharif [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and his brother from holding elected office, pending the high court's final review of the decision. Last week, the government of President [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] A Russian court heard arguments Tuesday at the start of the trial of former Russian oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive] and his former business partner Platon Lebedev [defense website] on embezzlement and money laundering charges [JURIST report]. As the trial began, the court refused a [read more]

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