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Legal news from Tuesday, November 10, 2009
16:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Tuesday in two cases. In Kucana v. Holder [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report], the Court heard arguments on whether a federal statute [8 USC § 1252(a)(2)(B)(ii) text] gives federal courts jurisdiction [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Kansas [official website] has announced that it may have to shut down state courts for one week every month as a result of an $8 million judiciary budget deficit created by a legislative oversight. The shortfall resulted from the state senate cutting $11 million from [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] President of Italy's Chamber of Deputies [official website, in Italian] Gianfranco Fini [official profile, in Italian; BBC profile] said Tuesday that he would support legislation to limit the length of trials in the country. The reforms were proposed by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi [official profile, in Italian; BBC profile], [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] More than 350 Taliban [JURIST news archive] inmates began a hunger strike on Sunday at the Sarposa prison in Kandahar [JURIST news archive] province in Afghanistan. The protest [Global and Mail report] is in response to the allegedly poor conditions within the prison, including the quality of the food [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate official website] on Monday confirmed Judge Andre Davis, President Barack Obama's nominee to the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website], by a vote of 72-16 [roll call vote]. Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) [official website], the Davis confirmation was delayed [press [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] Mexican President Felipe Calderon [official website, in Spanish] on Monday made a public call for greater adherence to the rule of law, more transparent elections, and increased business competition in Mexico, during a speech [text, in Spanish] at the annual Mexico Business Summit [summit website]. Calderon criticized monopolistic business [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] President of the Honduran National Congress [official website, in Spanish] Jose Alfredo Saavedra said Monday that lawmakers will most likely not make a decision about whether to restore ousted president Manuel Zelaya [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] before the country's presidential elections take place later this month. Saavedra said [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Monday extended a deadline for filing an amended settlement agreement [Authors Guild backgrounder] between Google [corporate website] and groups of authors and publishers over Google's book-scanning initiative [Google Book Search website]. Judge [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] Former Securities and Exchange Commission(SEC) [official website] lawyer Robert Miller pleaded guilty [plea agreement, PDF] in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] to one count [criminal information, PDF] of securities fraud and one count of conspiracy in connection with the Marc Dreier [read more]

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