Legal news from Friday, January 1, 2010
14:01 EDT

[JURIST] A sharply divided Montana Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday that physician assisted suicide is not banned by state law, making Montana the third state to allow the practice after Oregon and Washington. The Court upheld in part and reversed in part a lower court ruling, agreeing [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] Judge Richardo M. Urbina of the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] Thursday dismissed [opinion, PDF] voluntary manslaughter and weapons charges against the five Blackwater [JURIST news archive] guards indicted for their involvement in the deaths of 17 Iraqi civilians [JURIST report] in September 2007. [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] US Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. [OYEZ profile] issued an unusually brief year-end report [PDF] on the federal judiciary Thursday in his capacity as head of the Judicial Conference of the United States [official website], declining to address judiciary needs as done in previous years. On a single [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Wednesday ruled [opinion, PDF] that the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) [official websites] are not required to confirm or deny the existence of electronic surveillance records under the Freedom of Information Act [read more]

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