Legal news from Monday, April 26, 2010
20:04 EDT

[JURIST] A Haitian judge on Monday dismissed charges of kidnapping and criminal association against all 10 members of a US missionary group arrested [JURIST report] in January but ordered one to stand trial for making "irregular travel" arrangements involving 30 Haitian children. Laura Silsby, the only missionary who has not [read more]

16:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Monday in two cases. In Hardt v. Reliance Standard Life Insurance Co. [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report], the court heard arguments on whether whether s. 502(g)(1) of the Employee Retirement Income [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] Nigerian Federal Capital Territory High Court [official website] on Monday charged Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP) [official website] chairman Vincent Ogbulafor [PDP leaders; website] with a series of corruption and fraud allegations the day before an executive meeting to consider the 2011 PDP candidate. The formalization of charges creates a [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Monday affirmed [opinion, PDF] certification of the largest class action lawsuit in US history against Wal-Mart [corporate website] for allegedly discriminating against female employees. The 6-5 en banc ruling upholds a previous decision [JURIST report] by the [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Monday in two cases. In Hardt v. Reliance Standard Life Insurance Co. [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report], the court heard arguments on whether whether § 502(g)(1) of the Employee Retirement Income [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Monday affirmed [opinion, PDF] certification of the largest class action lawsuit in US history against Wal-Mart [corporate website] for allegedly discriminating against female employees. The 6-5 en banc ruling upholds a previous decision [JURIST report] by the [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] Chinese authorities have arrested a prominent Tibetan writer after he signed a letter critical of the Chinese government's relief efforts following the recent earthquake in the western Qinghai [Xinhua backgrounder] province, a family friend said Monday. Tra Gyal, who writes under the pseudonym Zhogs Dung, was reportedly arrested [AP [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for victims of the July 7, 2005 London transit bombings [JURIST news archive] argued on Monday in the Royal Courts of Justice that UK authorities possessed information that could have helped them prevent the attacks. The theory for the case is built on intelligence that British security service [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] has rejected [judgment, PDF; press release] the prosecutor's petition to appeal the court's February decision [judgment, PDF] declining to confirm the charges against Darfur rebel chief Bahr Idriss Abu Garda [case materials; JURIST news archive]. In a decision released Friday, the chamber [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] Chinese authorities have arrested a prominent Tibetan writer after he signed a letter critical of the Chinese government's relief efforts following the recent earthquake in the western Qinghai [Xinhua backgrounder] province, a family friend said Monday. Tra Gyal, who writes under the pseudonym Zhogs Dung, was reportedly arrested [AP [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for victims of the July 7, 2005 London transit bombings [JURIST news archive] argued on Monday in the Royal Courts of Justice that UK authorities possessed information that could have helped them prevent the attacks. The theory for the case is built on intelligence that British security service [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] has rejected [judgment, PDF; press release] the prosecutor's petition to appeal the court's February decision [judgment, PDF] declining to confirm the charges against Darfur rebel chief Bahr Idriss Abu Garda [case materials; JURIST news archive]. In a decision released Friday, the chamber [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] French Justice Minister Michele Alliot-Marie [official profile, in French] and Jordan's King Abdullah II [official profile] met Sunday to discuss increasing cooperation [press release] between France and Jordan's judicial and legislative branches and strengthening the ties between the two countries. Alliot-Marie told reporters that France would send legal experts [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in two cases. In Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment Merchants Association [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the court will decide whether the First Amendment [text] permits any limits on offensive content in violent video games sold [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] The recount of votes cast in Baghdad province during the March 7 parliamentary elections [CEIP backgrounder; JURIST news archive] will be delayed a week, according to an official on Monday. The Independent High Election Commission (IHEC) [official website] will not begin the recount [Reuters report] until the review panel [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] French Justice Minister Michele Alliot-Marie [official profile, in French] and Jordan's King Abdullah II [official profile] met Sunday to discuss increasing cooperation [press release] between France and Jordan's judicial and legislative branches and strengthening the ties between the two countries. Alliot-Marie told reporters that France would send legal experts [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in two cases. In Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment Merchants Association [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the court will decide whether the First Amendment [text] permits any limits on offensive content in violent video games sold [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] The recount of votes cast in Baghdad province during the March 7 parliamentary elections [CEIP backgrounder; JURIST news archive] will be delayed a week, according to an official on Monday. The Independent High Election Commission (IHEC) [official website] will not begin the recount [Reuters report] until the review panel [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] Liberian Justice Minister Christiana Tah has said that a report [materials] issued by the Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) [official website] will be reviewed by Liberian officials in order to determine if prosecutions for possible war crimes should proceed. The TRC report, issued last December, detailed crimes committed [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] Thailand's pro-government People's Alliance for Democracy Network [party website, in Thai; BBC backgrounder], known as "yellow shirts," called Monday for a declaration of martial law to quell the anti-government movement spearheaded by the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship [party website, in Thai], or "red shirts." The statement comes [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] Thailand's pro-government People's Alliance for Democracy Network [party website, in Thai; BBC backgrounder], known as "yellow shirts," called Monday for a declaration of martial law to quell the anti-government movement spearheaded by the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship [party website, in Thai], or "red shirts." The statement comes [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] Liberian Justice Minister Christiana Tah has said that a report [materials] issued by the Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) [official website] will be reviewed by Liberian officials in order to determine if prosecutions for possible war crimes should proceed. The TRC report, issued last December, detailed crimes committed [read more]

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