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Legal news from Monday, May 18, 2009
by Andrew Morgan

A coalition of progressive organizations Monday filed disciplinary complaints with five state bar associations seeking the disbarment of 12 former US government officials associated with the legal rationales behind the Bush administration's use of enhanced interrogation techniques. Complaints filed by the Velvet Revolution with the bar associations of New York, Pennsylvania, California, Texas, …

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by Christian Ehret

Pro-democracy advocate and Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi went on trial Monday in Myanmar for violating the terms of her house arrest. Suu Kyi allegedly violated these terms earlier this month by allowing an American man who swam across a lake to stay with her and faces up to five years …

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by Andrew Morgan

The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled 5-4 in Ashcroft v. Iqbal that a complaint filed against former US Attorney General John Ashcroft, FBI Director Robert Mueller and other officials by a terrorism suspect failed to adequately state a claim under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 8 …

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by Christian Ehret

Five Somalians suspected of piracy went on trial Monday before a Dutch court in Rotterdam. The men are accused of attempting to hijack a Dutch Antilles freighter in the Gulf of Aden in January. The Danish navy seized the Somalians in February and handed them over to Dutch authorities. While at least one …

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by Andrew Morgan

The England and Wales Court of Appeal (Civil Division) on Monday ruled that the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) applies to UK troops serving abroad. The court found that the UK's obligation under the Human Rights Act of 1998, which implemented the ECHR in the UK, extends in some cases beyond territorial jurisdiction, including …

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by Andrew Morgan

The US Supreme Court Monday ruled 7-2 in AT&T Corp. v. Hulteen that companies do not violate the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) by failing to award employees credit for maternity leave taken before the act's effective date. The Court found that although the method of …

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by Christian Ehret

The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in four cases. In Black v. United States [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the Court will consider the appeal of former media mogul Conrad Black to determine whether the "honest services" clause of 18 USC § 1346 applies …

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by Christian Ehret

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Friday reported to Congress that 2,083 wiretap and search requests for investigating terrorism suspects were granted in 2008 through the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), a decline from 2,370 in 2007. This was the first decrease in warrants since the 9/11 terror attacks [JURIST …

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by Andrew Morgan

A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that sought to block construction of a fence along the US-Mexico border. The Texas Border Coalition, a group of Texan officials and business owners, filed suit last year challenging the condemnation of land for the construction …

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by Safiya Boucaud

US Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said Sunday that he wants the Supreme Court nominee who will replace retiring Justice David Souter to be someone who will apply the law without bias. Speaking on Fox News Sunday, McConnell said:what we are looking for, we meaning Republicans in the Senate ... is …

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