Legal news from Tuesday, January 19, 2010
15:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Tuesday in two cases. In the combined cases of Mac's Shell Service, Inc. v. Shell Oil Products Co. [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report] and Shell Oil Products Co. v. Mac's Shell [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] The FBI illegally collected more than 2,000 telephone records between 2002 and 2006 by claiming the phone calls being made related to possible terrorism emergencies, according to a Washington Post report [text] Tuesday. According to the article, the Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) [official [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] Slovakia's Foreign Ministry [official website, in Slovak] announced Tuesday that the government will accept three inmates from the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detention facility. The ministry stated that this was a "gesture of solidarity" in support of President Barack Obama's foreign policy. The US Embassy in Slovakia [official [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] An appeals court in Malaysia ruled on Tuesday that the country's ban on sodomy is constitutional. The court made the ruling [AFP report] while considering the appeal of Abdul Rahim Abdul Rahaman, who was convicted of sodomizing a 14-year-old boy and sentenced to 60 years imprisonment. Abdul Rahim claimed [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] The UK Iraq Inquiry [official website] released a 2002 letter [text, PDF] on Tuesday from former UK attorney general Peter Goldsmith [professional profile] to former secretary of defense Geoffrey Hoon [personal profile] in which Goldsmith warned the Cabinet that the Iraq invasion was not supported by international law. The [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] Former vice president of China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) [official website, in Chinese] Huang Songyou was convicted on bribery and embezzlement charges on Tuesday and sentenced to life imprisonment [Xinhua report]. Huang is the highest-ranking judge to be charged with corruption [China Daily report] since the founding of the [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] Former New Jersey governor Jon Corzine signed the "Compassionate Use of Medical Marijuana" bill [text, PDF] on his last full day in office Monday, legalizing the use of medical marijuana [JURIST news archive] in the state. The bill allows doctors to prescribe marijuana [NYT report] to patients with chronic [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] The British Government announced [press release] Monday plans for a new scheme to compensate victims of terrorist attacks abroad. Home Secretary Alan Johnson [official profile] introduced the Victims of Overseas Terrorism Compensation Scheme [text, PDF] as part of the Crime and Security Bill [materials] that is currently before Parliament. [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday issued two per curiam opinions [order list, PDF], remanded the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal [JURIST news archive], and denied a preliminary injunction to Michigan in a dispute over Asian carp. The Court granted certiorari in Beard v. Abu-Jamal [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) [official website] announced on Monday that the US will allow Haitian orphans into the country [press release] to receive needed care in the aftermath of last week's earthquake [JURIST news archive]. The humanitarian parole policy [USCIS backgrounder], which grants individuals temporary admission [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Spanish High Court [official website, in Spanish] on Monday ordered the extradition of pilot Julio Alberto Poch so that he may be tried in Argentina for his alleged role in the nation's 1976-83 "Dirty War" [GlobalSecurity backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Poch was a navy officer at Argentina's Naval [read more]

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