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Legal news from Monday, May 18, 2009
16:05 EDT

[JURIST] A coalition of progressive organizations Monday filed disciplinary complaints with five state bar associations seeking the disbarment [materials] of 12 former US government officials associated with the legal rationales behind the Bush administration's use of enhanced interrogation techniques [JURIST news archive]. Complaints filed by the Velvet Revolution [advocacy website] [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] Pro-democracy advocate and Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] 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 [NYT report] [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 in Ashcroft v. Iqbal [JURIST report] that a complaint filed against former US Attorney General John Ashcroft, FBI Director Robert Mueller [official profiles] and other officials by a terrorism suspect failed to adequately state [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] Five Somalians suspected of piracy [JURIST news archive] went on trial Monday before a Dutch court in Rotterdam. The men are accused of attempting to hijack [NRC Handelsblad report] a Dutch Antilles freighter in the Gulf of Aden in January. The Danish navy seized the Somalians in February and [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] The England and Wales Court of Appeal (Civil Division) on Monday ruled [judgment text] that the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) [text] applies to UK troops serving abroad. The court found that the UK's obligation under the Human Rights Act of 1998 [text], which implemented the ECHR in [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] 7-2 in AT&T Corp. v. Hulteen [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that companies do not violate the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) [EEOC backgrounder] by failing to award employees credit for maternity leave taken before the act's [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in four cases. In Black v. United States [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the Court will consider the appeal of former media mogul Conrad Black [CBC profile; JURIST news archive] to determine whether the [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Friday reported to Congress [text, PDF] that 2,083 wiretap and search requests for investigating terrorism suspects were granted in 2008 through the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) [text; JURIST news archive], a decline from 2,370 in 2007. This was the [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge on Friday dismissed [opinion, PDF] a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) [official website] that sought to block construction of a fence along the US-Mexico border. The Texas Border Coalition [advocacy website], a group of Texan officials and business owners, filed suit [JURIST report] [read more]

07:05 EDT

[JURIST] US Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) [official website] said Sunday that he wants the Supreme Court [official website] nominee who will replace retiring Justice David Souter [JURIST report] to be someone who will apply the law without bias. Speaking on Fox News Sunday, McConnell said [transcript]:what we are [read more]

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