Legal news from Monday, November 30, 2009
14:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Monday in two cases. In Graham County Soil & Water Conservation Dist. v. United States ex rel. Wilson [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report], the Court heard arguments on the scope of [read more]

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[JURIST] The trial of alleged Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk [NNDB profile, JURIST news archive] began in Germany on Monday. It marks the first time a Nazi war crimes trial will focus on a low-ranking foreigner rather than a commander. The Ukrainian-born Demjanjuk faces 27,900 accessory accounts stemming from his [read more]

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[JURIST] China is considering lifting a 20-year-old ban that keeps foreigners with HIV/AIDS from entering the country, according to a China Daily report [text] Monday. Vice-Minister of Health Huang Jiefu said that he hopes the ban will be lifted before the upcoming Shanghai Expo in May, which is expected to [read more]

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[JURIST] A judge in India on Monday removed the defense lawyer for Mohammad Ajmal Amir Kasab [NDTV profile], the lone surviving suspect of last year's Mumbai terror attacks [JURIST news archive]. Specially appointed judge M.L. Tahiliyani removed [PTI report] defense lawyer Abbas Kazmi [Times of India profile] after finding that [read more]

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[JURIST] A former judicial official of China's southwest Chongqing Municipality, Wu Xiaoqing, was found dead [Xinhua report] Saturday while detained and facing charges for taking a large amount of bribes. In a statement to China Daily, the Chongqing Municipal Government [official website, in Chinese] said [China Daily report] that Wu's [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in three cases. In Morrison v. National Australia Bank [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the Court will consider whether foreign investors are entitled to bring fraud-on-the-market claims under Section 10(b) of the Securities and [read more]

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[JURIST] An Algerian court on Sunday sentenced [AFP report] Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Ahmed Belbacha [JURIST news archive] to 20 years in prison for being part of an "overseas terrorist group." Belbacha has been cleared for release from the US military prison facility but has said he does [read more]

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[JURIST] Former UK attorney general Peter Goldsmith [BBC profile] warned former prime minister Tony Blair [official profile; JURIST news archive] that the planned invasion of Iraq could be illegal, according to a letter leaked to the Iraq Inquiry [official website; BBC backgrounder], confirmed [Daily Mail report] by the Daily Mail [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday vacated and remanded [order list, PDF] a decision [JURIST report] by the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] that required the Pentagon to release photos of abused detainees [JURIST news archive] in Iraq and [read more]

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[JURIST] Swiss voters on Sunday approved a proposal [press release] to ban the construction of minarets. The results of the nationwide referendum revealed that more than 57 percent of Swiss voters support the constitutional ban against the construction of the Islamic towers. In response to the vote, the Swiss Federal [read more]

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