Legal news from Wednesday, January 13, 2010
15:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Wednesday in two cases. In American Needle Inc. v. NFL [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report], the Court heard arguments on whether the National Football League (NFL) [league website] and its member [read more]

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[JURIST] Lawyers for convicted terrorism conspirator Jose Padilla [JURIST news archive] argued Tuesday before the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] that their client's conviction [JURIST report] should be overturned. Padilla's appeal centers on a number of purported judicial errors [Miami Herald report], most prominently the [read more]

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[JURIST] One month after hackers attempted to access Chinese human rights activists' e-mail accounts through the Google [corporate website] Gmail service, the company announced [press release] on Tuesday that it would rethink its involvement in the Internet market in China, possibly pulling out of the country. Among the possible changes [read more]

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[JURIST] A panel of three federal judges on Tuesday approved [order, PDF] a revised plan [text, PDF] filed by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) [official website] for reducing prison overcrowding [JURIST news archive] in the state. The new plan includes revisions made possible because of legislative enactments, [read more]

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[JURIST] A Virginia judge ruled Tuesday that lawsuits filed by two families whose children were killed in the 2007 Virginia Tech school shooting [Washington Post backgrounder; JURIST news archive] may proceed. Judge William Alexander of the Franklin County Circuit Court [official website] ruled [Roanoke Times Report] that the defendants, university [read more]

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[JURIST] A federal judge on Tuesday denied the request by former Qwest Communications [corporate website] CEO Joseph Nacchio [JURIST news archive] for a new trial on insider trading charges. Nacchio had requested a new trial on the basis that the company's CFO, a key witness in the trial, had changed [read more]

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[JURIST] The US military referred charges Monday against Army Capt. Carl Bjork, accused by several Iraqi detainees of ordering the killings of two Iraqi civilians in 2006. The charges against Bjork include one count of reckless endangerment and two counts of premeditated murder. The accusers are three Iraqi police officers [read more]

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[JURIST] The trial chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Tuesday resumed [press briefing] the trial of Serbian nationalist Volislav Seselj [ICTY materials; JURIST news archive] after it had been delayed [JURIST report] for nearly a year over fears that witnesses were being [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website] filed new charges [complaint, PDF] Tuesday against Bank of America (BOA) [corporate website], alleging that the company failure to disclose [press release] to its shareholders "extraordinary losses" at Merrill Lynch [corporate website] prior to the merger of the two companies. [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday ruled [opinion, PDF] 8-1 in NRG Power Marketing v. Maine Public Utilities [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that the Mobile-Sierra doctrine applies when an entity not party to an interstate electricity contract contests the contract as not being [read more]

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[JURIST] The leader of France's conservative party introduced legislation [press release, in French] Tuesday to the National Assembly [official website, in French] that would ban wearing of the burqa [JURIST news archive] in public and make it punishable by 750 euros. Jean-Francois Cope [official profile, in French], leader of the [read more]

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[JURIST] Spanish Judge Fernando Grande-Marlaska ruled on Tuesday that Basque separatist group ETA [JURIST news archive] had tried three times to assassinate former Spanish prime minister Jose Maria Aznar in 2001 but had failed. Grande-Marlaska detailed the three assassination attempts [El Pais report, in Spanish] as part of a description [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Attorney for the Southern District of New York filed a superseding indictment [press release, PDF] Tuesday against alleged Somali pirate Abduwali Abdukhadir Muse, claiming that he led the takeover of two additional ships. Muse pleaded not guilty to the charges Tuesday in the US District Court for [read more]

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[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [judgment text; press release] Tuesday that searches performed by police without legitimate suspicion are illegal. The ECHR found that British police had violated Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights [text, PDF] when they stopped and searched [read more]

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