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Legal news from Monday, May 4, 2009
16:05 EDT

[JURIST] Judges for the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday rejected [press release, PDF] a motion for acquittal of all charges filed by lawyers for former Liberian president Charles Taylor [case materials; JURIST news archive]. The Rule 98 motion for acquittal [materials], which [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday ordered [order list, PDF] the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit to reconsider its ruling upholding a $550,000 fine [JURIST report] against CBS for the infamous "wardrobe malfunction" incident in which pop singer Janet Jackson's breast [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] Japanese activists demonstrated [Japan Times report] Sunday on Japan's 62nd Constitution Day to voice opposing views about an approaching referendum on the country's pacifist constitution [text; JURIST news archive]. Efforts to reform the constitution are particularly focused on Article 9 [text], which has been interpreted to bar Japan from [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] A spokesperson for the German Interior Ministry [official website, in German] said Sunday that the US has asked Germany to take in up to 10 detainees from the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] military prison. The US government reportedly asked [Washington Post report] Germany and other European nations to [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] A Spanish National Court [CJA backgrounder] judge on Monday ordered [text, PDF, in Spanish] investigations to continue into alleged crimes against humanity committed in a 2002 Israeli attack in the Gaza Strip [El Pais report, in Spanish; JURIST report], despite heavy criticism from Spanish politicians and prosecutors. Last month, [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in four cases. In two of the cases, the Court will consider juvenile life sentences. In Graham v. Florida [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the Court will consider whether the Eight Amendment ban on [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] issued four opinions Monday. The Court ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously in Flores-Figueroa v. United States [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that a federal "aggravated identity theft" statute [18 USC § 1028A(a)(1)] applies only to individuals who knowingly use another person's [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) [official website; JURIST news archive] said Sunday in an interview [transcript] with ABC that he hopes to have a replacement for retiring Supreme Court Justice David Souter [JURIST report] confirmed by the beginning of the Court's 2009 term in [read more]

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