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Legal news from Tuesday, April 28, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in two cases. In Forest Grove School District v. T.A., the Court will consider whether the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) permits a tuition reimbursement award against a school district and in favor of …

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by Adrienne Lester

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled Tuesday that a judgment by a southern Cyprus court favoring a Greek Cypriot reclaiming land in the north is enforceable despite the south's lack of control over that region. Meletis Apostolides, a Cypriot national whose family was forced from land in the north during the …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

JURIST has been nominated in New York for a prestigious Webby Award as the best Law website of 2009. By virtue of being a nominee, JURIST is eligible for the Webby People's Voice award in addition to the judge's award. We hope you'll support JURIST and our staff of dedicated law students by voting for us! Polls close Thursday, …

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by Amelia Mathias

A UK jury acquitted Tuesday three alleged conspirators to the July 7, 2005 bombings in London. Mohammed Shakil, Waheed Ali, and Sadeer Saleem were found not guilty of being privy to the conspiracy during a retrial after a mistrial was declared last fall when the jury could not reach a verdict. The three men were …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Armed soldiers raided Madagascar's High Constitutional Court Monday evening, arresting head of security Andrianandraina Ralitera and three other court employees. The four arrested men [L'Express report, in French], supporters of ousted president Marc Ravalomanana are accused of inciting public disorder and ordering soldiers to open fire on protesters in February, resulting …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The UK Government Equalities Office (GEO) on Monday published a controversial Equality Bill that seeks to eliminate gender, racial, age, and other forms of discrimination. The bill, which was introduced into the House of Commons Friday, would require businesses to report on pay for men and women, outlaw age discrimination, and synthesize …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court Tuesday ruled 5-4 in FCC v. Fox Television Stations that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) did not act arbitrarily and capriciously in changing its policy regarding fines for the broadcast of isolated expletives. In 2004 the FCC changed its longstanding policy, …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Canadian Military Police Complaints Commission (MPCC) released a report Monday concluding that three Afghan detainees were not mistreated while in Canadian military police custody in Kandahar in 2006. The probe began following a civilian complaint filed by University of Ottawa law professor Amir Attaran, whose research uncovered a pattern of …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The federal trial of a former US soldier accused of raping and killing a 14-year-old Iraqi girl in 2006 began Monday. Former US Army Pfc. Steven Green is also charged with killing the girl's family in Mahmudiya, Iraq. During Monday's opening statements, prosecutors said that Green raped the girl, shot her …

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by Amelia Mathias

The US State Department released Monday its commitments and pledges as part of its campaign to gain a seat on the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). All countries attempting to be elected to the body, which holds elections every year for three-year terms, are invited to outline their national commitments to …

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by Andrew Gilmore

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Monday that it would review three new source review rules that regulate emissions from coal power plants. The announcement comes as the EPA has stepped up its efforts to regulate greenhouse gases and other atmospheric pollutants. The rules in question were promulgated during the administration of former …

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by Andrew Gilmore

UK Justice Minister Jack Straw said Monday that his country would still be willing to consider a US request to take in terrorism detainees held by at the Guantanamo Bay detention center, if doing so would aid in the closure of the facility. Speaking at a meeting with his US counterpart, Attorney General Eric …

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