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Legal news from Monday, December 7, 2009
16:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] announced [press release] Monday that a Chicago man has been charged in connection with the November 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, India [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. US citizen David Coleman Headley, arrested in October for allegedly conspiring to bomb a [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Monday in two cases. In Free Enterprise Fund and Beckstead and Watts, LLP v. Public Company Accounting Oversight Board [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report], the Court heard arguments on whether the [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] announced Monday a finding that greenhouse gases threaten [press release] public health and the environment. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson [official profile] signed two separate findings [materials] Monday: that greenhouse gases "threaten the public health and welfare of current and future generations," [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Monday rejected [judgment, PDF] a motion [text, PDF] filed by former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic [case materials; JURIST news archive] challenging the legitimacy of the court. Karadzic claimed [JURIST report] that the UN Security Council [official [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] A special 17-member panel [press release, PDF] of the Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] on Monday began hearing [press release, PDF] a legal challenge to an order [text] that grants President Asif Ali Zardari [official website] and 8,000 other government officials immunity from corruption charges. There has been [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] Many rights in Israel and the Occupied Territories are granted only conditionally according to a report [text, PDF, in Hebrew; press release] released Sunday by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) [advocacy website]. The report found that the state infringes on the fundamental rights of political and [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday summarily reversed and remanded [opinion, PDF] a Michigan Court of Appeals decision that found officers violated a defendant's Fourth Amendment [text] rights when they entered his home. In a per curiam opinion, the Court relied on its 2006 [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] A group of Swiss intellectuals on Sunday called for a reversal of Switzerland's recent vote to ban the construction of minarets [JURIST report]. The Swiss intellectual group Club Helvetique [advocacy website, in German] told a Swiss newspaper that they plan to institute a new referendum [Reuters report] to overturn [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] 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 [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Iraqi parliament [official website, in Arabic] on Sunday approved [press release, in Arabic] an amended version of a controversial election law. Iraqi lawmakers had reached an agreement [JURIST report] last month, but amended the legislation in order to avoid a second veto from Sunni Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi [read more]

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