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Legal news from Monday, December 7, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Monday that a Chicago man has been charged in connection with the November 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, India. US citizen David Coleman Headley, arrested in October for allegedly conspiring to bomb a Danish newspaper, was charged Monday with six counts …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in two cases. In Free Enterprise Fund and Beckstead and Watts, LLP v. Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, the Court heard arguments on whether the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 violates constitutional separation of powers …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Monday a finding that greenhouse gases threaten public health and the environment. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson signed two separate findings Monday: that greenhouse gases "threaten the public health and welfare of current and future generations," and that emissions from motor vehicles contribute to greenhouse gas …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Monday rejected a motion filed by former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic challenging the legitimacy of the court. Karadzic claimed that the UN Security Council overstepped its powers when it created the court in …

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by Devin Montgomery

A special 17-member panel of the Supreme Court of Pakistan on Monday began hearing a legal challenge to an order that grants President Asif Ali Zardari and 8,000 other government officials immunity from corruption charges. There has been speculation that the case may also address …

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by Matt Glenn

Many rights in Israel and the Occupied Territories are granted only conditionally according to a report released Sunday by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI). The report found that the state infringes on the fundamental rights of political and religious dissenters as well as those of Arabs and the …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Monday summarily reversed and remanded a Michigan Court of Appeals decision that found officers violated a defendant's Fourth Amendment rights when they entered his home. In a per curiam opinion, the Court relied on its 2006 ruling in Brigham City v. Stuart to conclude …

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by Matt Glenn

A group of Swiss intellectuals on Sunday called for a reversal of Switzerland's recent vote to ban the construction of minarets. The Swiss intellectual group Club Helvetique told a Swiss newspaper that they plan to institute a new referendum to overturn the ban imposed through a referendum last week. Swiss Supreme …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in two cases. In Christian Legal Society v. Martinez [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the Court will consider whether a state law school may deny recognition to a religious student organization where the group requires its officers and voting members to agree with its …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Iraqi parliament on Sunday approved an amended version of a controversial election law. Iraqi lawmakers had reached an agreement last month, but amended the legislation in order to avoid a second veto from Sunni Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi. Al-Hashemi had vetoed a …

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