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Legal news from Monday, November 2, 2009
16:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Monday in three cases. In Jones v. Harris Associates [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report], the Court heard arguments on whether a shareholder must show that a fund's investment adviser misled the [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission (IEC) [official website] on Monday declared President Hamid Karzai [BBC profile, JURIST news archive] the winner of the presidential election [JURIST news archive] after challenger Abdullah Abdullah [BBC profile] withdrew from the runoff election to which both parties agreed [JURIST report] last month. Abdullah withdrew [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] Human rights abuses in Zimbabwe's diamond mining industry were on the agenda Monday at the annual meeting of the Kimberley Process (KP) [advocacy website], the global organization dedicated to suppressing trade in so-called "conflict diamonds." The objective of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) [text, PDF] is to curtail [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] The War Crimes Court [official website, in Bosnian] of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) on Friday convicted [press release] former Serbian commander Predrag Kujundzic of crimes against humanity and sentenced him to 22 years in jail. The court found Kujundzic in violation of Article 172 (1) h) of the Criminal [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] announced Sunday that Mexico's extradition of 11 fugitives [press release] to the US on Saturday has brought the number of extraditions this year to a record 100. The individuals face charges ranging from conspiracy to distribute and distribution of narcotics, to [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama [official website] objected Monday to plans by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) [official website] to question military commander General Sarath Fonseka [official profile] about the alleged war crimes committed during the civil war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in three cases. In Hamilton, Chapter 13 Trustee v. Lanning [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the Court limited its grant of certiorari to "[w]hether, in calculating the debtor's 'projected disposable income' during the plan [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] Russian President Dmitry Medvedev [official profile] on Sunday signed into law [press release, in Russian] a bill that introduces stricter punishments for those convicted of manipulating the stock market. Traders and journalists convicted of market manipulation involving more than 1,000,000 rubles may now face prison time between two and [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Obama administration on Friday filed a motion to dismiss [text, PDF] a federal lawsuit [complaint, PDF] challenging the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) [text; JURIST news archive]. The suit was brought [JURIST report] in July by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley [official profile] and challenges the DOMA on [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Obama administration, top lawmakers, and news organizations reached an agreement [press release] Friday on legislation that would protect journalists from being forced to reveal their sources in federal court. The compromise version of the Free Flow of Information Act [HR 985 materials] would extend protections to journalists by [read more]

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