Legal news from Monday, June 22, 2009
15:06 EDT

[JURIST] Executives from Google, Inc. will go on trial Tuesday in Italy for criminal defamation arising out of Google Video [corporate websites] content depicting a disabled boy being teased and bullied. The defendants include [Financial Times report] product marketing manager Arvind Desikan, former CFO George Reyes, chief legal officer David [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] Iranian forces arrested 457 people Saturday for protesting the recent presidential election [BBC backgrounder], according to state media on Monday. According to reports, at least ten people were killed in the weekend's protests. Also Monday, Iran's Guardian Council of the Constitution [official website, in Persian] spokesman Abbas-Ali Kadkhodaei said [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] A Myanmar court sentenced two members of the National League of Democracy (NLD) [party website] to 18 months in prison after leading prayers for the release of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi [BBC profile; JURIST report]. Chit Pe and Aung Saw Wei were sentenced [AP report] in a [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] ruled [opinion, PDF] 6-3 Monday in Coeur Alaska, Inc. v. Southeast Alaska Conservation Council and Alaska v. Southeast Alaska Conservation Council [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that the US Army Corps of Engineers [official website] may issue a permit for [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in three cases. In United States v. Comstock [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the Court will consider the Congressional authority to enact a law [18 USC § 4248 text] that authorizes courts to civilly [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] ruled [opinion, PDF] 6-3 Monday in Forest Grove School District v. T.A. [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) [text] permits a tuition reimbursement award against a school district and in favor of parents [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday upheld [opinion, PDF] a controversial provision of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) [text] but avoided a constitutional question. The Court ruled 8-1 in Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District Number One v. Holder [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US government is delaying the release of a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] interrogation report by another week, allowing for officials to determine what information to release. The special report on counter-terrorism and interrogation practices is expected to be released pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act [read more]

07:06 EDT

[JURIST] Torture and other human rights abuses in Zimbabwe have become so commonplace that they constitute a crime against humanity, according to a study [text, PDF] for the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) [advocacy website] prepared by Tony Reeler of the Harare-based Research and Advocacy Unit [read more]

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