Legal news from Friday, May 29, 2009
15:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] ruled [judgment text] Friday that a convicted marijuana grower should not have to forfeit her house pursuant to a sentence since asset forfeiture may result in unequal treatment of convicted criminals. The court, reviewing a Court of Appeal for British Columbia [official [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] A New York state appeals court ruled [opinion text] that a family court does not have jurisdiction over a child support claim against a same-sex partner with no legal or biological ties to the child. In an opinion released Tuesday, the court ruled that a family court of limited [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] A prosecutor from the Spanish National Court has asked that arrest warrants be issued for three accused Nazi prison guards [JURIST news archive] currently living in the US. Prosecutor Pedro Martinez Torrijos said [DPA report] that Johann Leprich [DOJ press release; JURIST report], Anton Tittjung [AP report] and Josias [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] Defense counsel for Canadian-born media mogul Conrad Black [CBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Thursday submitted [docket] an application for bail [motion, PDF] pending appeal to Justice John Paul Stevens of the US Supreme Court [official website]. The application for bail follows the Supreme Court's recent grant of certiorari [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website] on Thursday charged 10 brokers [complaint, PDF; press release] with fraud for misleading customers into investing in high-risk mortgage securities. According the SEC, brokers from the defunct Brookstreet Securities Corporation held out collateralized mortgage obligations (CMO) [SEC backgrounder], which the SEC [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] Thursday requested [motion, PDF] the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] to recall an earlier mandate requiring the government to release photos of alleged detainee abuse. The motion asks the court to recall their April ruling [JURIST [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] A federal court on Thursday upheld the constitutionality [opinion, PDF] of mandatory DNA collection for all persons arrested or detained under federal authority. Judge Gregory Hollows of the US District Court for the Eastern District of California [official website] found that although the collection of DNA from those arrested [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US has failed to adequately prevent and prosecute war crimes and other abuses during its operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions [official website] Philip Alston [oficial profile, DOC] said in a report [text, PDF] released Thursday. The report found, "Some [read more]

07:05 EDT

[JURIST] Canada's Supreme Court [official website] agreed [docket] Thursday to review an Ontario court decision upholding media restrictions on the Toronto 18 [Toronto Star backgrounder] terrorism case. Under Canada's criminal code [text] the media may attend pre-trial hearings but in some instances may not report on them to prevent biasing [read more]

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