Legal news from Monday, April 27, 2009
16:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; briefs] Monday in two cases. In Nijhawan v. Holder [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report], the Court will consider whether convictions for mail, bank, and wire fraud qualify as an aggravated felony under the [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] UK Home Secretary Jacqui Smith [official profile] announced Monday that the British government will not be establishing a central government database [press release] to keep records of phone calls, emails, and Internet activity, instead leaving that job to private communications providers. The British government abandoned the central database approach [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] Afghan President Hamid Karzai [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] told reporters Monday that the controversial Shi'ite personal status law [Reuters backgrounder; JURIST news archive], which limits women's rights, is being amended by the country's Justice Ministry. Monday's statement [Reuters report] at a press conference with UK Prime Minister Gordon [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in three cases. In NRG Marketing, LLC v. Maine Public Utilities Commission [docket; cert. petition, PDF] the Court will consider whether the Sierra-Mobile doctrine applies when an entity not party to an interstate [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Bangladeshi state prosecutor said Monday that he is seeking to drop two of several corruption charges pending against Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina [BBC profile] because they were politically motivated. State prosecutor Abdullah Abu said the two charges, as well as charges against other officials, were filed to harass [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] denounced on Sunday a US military raid in Iraq as violating the bilateral Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) [text, PDF; JURIST news archive]. The agreement states that any military offensives by the US are to be performed in accordance [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] Chairman of the US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] Patrick Leahy (D-VT) [official profile; JURIST news archive] reiterated his calls for a non-partisan truth commission to investigate Bush administration officials responsible for authorizing certain interrogation techniques during an interview [transcript, PDF] with CBS Sunday. Leahy said [CBS report] the [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] Wireless communications company Qualcomm Inc. [corporate website] reached a settlement [press release] in a lengthy legal battle with rival firm Broadcom [corporate website], under which it will pay Broadcom $891 million. Under the terms of the settlement, the companies agree not to assert patents against each other for their [read more]

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