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Legal news from Monday, February 22, 2010
16:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Monday in two cases. In Astrue v. Ratliff [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report], the court heard arguments on whether an award of attorneys' fees and expenses under the Equal Access to [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] UK Justice Minister Jack Straw [official profile] announced Monday that the government plans to terminate to the inmate early release program initiated in June 2007 to ease prison overcrowding [JURIST news archive]. In remarks before the House of Commons [official website], Straw indicated that inmates eligible for release under [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] A judge in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Monday accepted [opinion, PDF] a $150 million dollar settlement agreement between the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website] and Bank of America (BOA) [corporate website]. In his ruling, Judge Jed Rakoff [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] Two human rights groups released documents [text, PDF] Monday confirming that planes associated with the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) extraordinary rendition program [JURIST news archive] landed in Poland on six occasions in 2003. The Open Society Justice Initiative and the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights [advocacy websites] released [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] Iranian authorities have released 30 political prisoners from Evin prison, opposition website Cyrusnews [official website, Persian] reported Sunday. The release [AKI report] is being attributed to family members of the imprisoned, who gathered outside the prison for a week demanding their relatives be freed. It is estimated that hundreds [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] in Wilkins v. Gaddy [docket] that excessive force claims must be decided based on the nature of the force rather than the extent of the injury. The district court had dismissed a prisoner's excessive force [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama on Monday released the administration's health care reform proposal [text, PDF], four days in advance of a bipartisan summit on the issue. The proposal seeks to reconcile the versions of the bills passed last year by the House of Representatives legislation [HR 3962 materials; JURIST [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in two cases. In County of Los Angeles v. Humphries [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the court will be asked to address whether a plaintiff must show that a constitutional violation by a public [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] Turkish police on Monday detained more than 40 people in connection with an alleged military plot to overthrow the Islamic-rooted government. According to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan [official profile, in Turkish; JURIST news archive], the arrests occurred during security operations in which 14 senior military officers, including former [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] An Algerian criminal court on Sunday acquitted former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Mustafa Hemlili of charges of counterfeiting and affiliation to a militant group that is active abroad. Hemlili was released from Guantanamo, along with fellow inmate Hederbash Sufian, after a six-year detention period. The court separated [read more]

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