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Legal news from Tuesday, November 3, 2009
15:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Tuesday in three cases. In NRG Power Marketing v. Maine Public Utilities [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report], the Court heard arguments on whether the Mobile-Sierra doctrine applies when an entity not [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] Czech Republic President Vaclav Klaus [official website, in Czech] signed the EU reform treaty, known as the Treaty of Lisbon [EU materials; JURIST news archive] Tuesday after the country's Constitutional Court [official website, in Czech] ruled [judgment, PDF, in Czech] that the treaty does not conflict with the country's [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] Justice Jon Kamanda [official profile] was elected [press release, PDF] on Monday to a one-year term as the president of the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) [official website; JURIST news archive]. Kamanda had served as a SCSL vice-president since 2007. Prior to his involvement with the SCSL, Kamanda [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] Former Argentine president and general Reynaldo Bignone went on trial [press release, in Spanish] Monday for crimes against humanity allegedly perpetrated during Argentina's 1976-83 "Dirty War" [GlobalSecurity backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The allegations, which include illegal arrest, torture, and killing of dissidents, stem from the 56 confirmed cases of [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Monday denied [opinion, PDF] a motion to dismiss a lawsuit challenging patents on human genes, allowing the case to proceed. The suit was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic [case materials; JURIST news archive] appeared before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Tuesday for the first time since his trial commenced last week to renew his plea for additional preparation time. Presiding judge O-Gon Kwon [official [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] Fijian Chief Justice Anthony Gates issued a statement [text] on Sunday criticizing the Australian and New Zealand governments for placing travel restrictions on Fijian officials including the judiciary. The controversy began [New Zealand Herald report] last month when a Fijian judge was granted an expedited visa from the New [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] Judges of the Supreme Court of India [official website] on Monday voluntarily made public disclosures of their financial assets [list]. The assets of 21 of the current judges have been posted on the official court website in an effort to increase judicial transparency. This voluntary listing of assets comes [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] Judge Eloy Velasco of the Spanish National Court [official website, in Spanish] on Monday indicted seven people for their alleged involvement in helping the suspected perpetrators of the 2004 Madrid train bombings [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] flee Spain after the attacks. Six of the seven have been charged [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that Canadian citizen Maher Arar [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] cannot sue the US government for damages based on his detention in the US and his detention, interrogation, and torture in Syria after he [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit [official website] has struck down [opinion, PDF; press release] a City of Pittsburgh [official website] ordinance [text, PDF] that created a layered zone structure to prevent protesters from gathering outside abortion facilities. The ordinance created a "buffer zone," preventing protesters [read more]

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