Legal news from Monday, January 11, 2010
15:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Monday in two cases. In Alabama v. North Carolina [oral arguments transcript, PDF], the Court heard arguments on an interstate dispute over the disposal of radioactive waste. The dispute centers on an [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] A Russian law allowing minor offenders to serve their sentences under house arrest rather than in prison entered into force on Sunday. The bill, approved [Moscow Times report] by the Russian State Duma [official website; in Russian] last month and signed [RIA Novosti report] by President Dmitri Medvedev [official [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] A trial on the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8 [text] same-sex marriage [JURIST archive] ban commenced Monday in the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website]. Proceedings included opening statements from lead attorneys and testimony [San Jose Mercury News report] from plaintiffs seeking the right [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday temporarily blocked [order, PDF] an order allowing delayed video coverage of the Proposition 8 trial on the constitutionality of California's same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive] ban to be posted on YouTube. The court's decision to grant the stay [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] Danish prosecutors on Monday brought an additional charge of terrorism against the Somali man already charged with the attempted murders of Kurt Westergaard, illustrator of the controversial 2005 cartoon depicting Prophet Muhammad [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] as a suicide bomber, and a police officer. The man, who remains [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Rwandan government [official website] released a report [text, PDF] Monday concluding that the 1994 assassination of then-president Juvenal Habyarimana [Britannica profile] was the work of Hutu extremists. An independent committee of experts found that Hutu extremists, including members of the president's own family, were opposed to the 1993 [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] in McDaniel v. Brown [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that a federal district court may not consider non-record evidence when conducting a sufficiency review of evidence during federal habeas corpus proceedings. In a per curiam [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] Iran's Prosecutor-General Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejei [GlobalSecurity profile] on Monday called for sedition trials against leaders of protests following last June's contested presidential election [JURIST news archive]. In a statement to Tehran prosecutors [Reuters report], Ejei said that he supported calls by religious and civil authorities to try those [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] Police in the southern Italian town of Rosarno began evacuating hundreds of African immigrants Saturday, following three days of violence that began Thursday when a group of immigrants was attacked while returning from the farms where they worked. The attack sparked rioting [NYT report] among the immigrant population and [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu [official website; BBC profile] on Sunday announced [press release] the construction of 70 miles of fence along Israel's border with Egypt in order to combat terrorism and illegal immigration. In explaining the purpose for the barrier, which has an estimated cost of more than [read more]

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