Legal news from Monday, June 7, 2010
14:06 EDT

[JURIST] A Rwandan judge on Monday denied the bail request [judgment, DOC] of US lawyer and JURIST Forum [website] contributor Peter Erlinder [professional profile; JURIST news archive]. Judge Maurice Mbishibishi of the Gasabo Intermediate Court cited flight risk [AFP report] in ordering that Erlinder be detained for 30 more days [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] The government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) [BBC backgrounder] announced Sunday that national police chief John Numbi has been suspended as part of the ongoing investigation into the murder of human rights activist Floribert Chebeya. In addition to Numbi's suspension, several police officers, including a police [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] Bank of America (BOA) [official website] subsidiary Countrywide Home Loans, Inc. on Monday reached a $108 million settlement agreement [text, PDF] with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) [official website] to resolve charges that the subsidiary collected excessive fees from homeowners facing foreclosure. The agreement allows the FTC to create [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday denied a petition for certiorari [order, PDF] in the case of Pontiac School District v. Duncan, which challenged whether the No Child Left Behind Act [official website; JURIST news archive] could impose requirements upon school districts without providing [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday held [opinion, PDF] in Krupski v. Costa Crociere [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that the appropriate application of "mistake" in Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 15(c)(1)(C) [text] is whether the party being added to the case knew or [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] 8-1 in Hamilton, Chapter 13 Trustee v. Lanning [Cornell LII backgrounder] that the "projected disposable income" of a debtor filing Chapter 13 bankruptcy [text] must be calculated using the "forward-looking approach." In finding so, the [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday decided [opinion, PDF] 6-3 in Barber v. Thomas [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] to uphold the method used by the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) [official website] for calculating "good time" sentence reductions for federal prisoners. The Sentencing [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] Medical personnel present as part of the Bush administration's enhanced interrogations [JURIST news archive] were collecting and analyzing data in order to develop more effective interrogation procedures, according to a report [materials] released Monday by the advocacy group Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) [advocacy website]. The techniques used by [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Israeli ambassador to the US rejected the idea of an international inquiry into the Israeli raid on several ships bound for the blockaded Gaza Strip [BBC backgrounder], during an appearance on FOX News Sunday [transcript; video]. The proposal, put forth by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website], would [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] Australian Attorney General Robert McClelland [official website] announced Sunday that the Australian Federal Police (AFP) [official website] have launched an investigation [transcript] into whether Google [corporate website; JURIST news archive] violated privacy laws while collecting images for its Street View maps. Google confirmed earlier this month that it had [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] An Indian court on Monday convicted seven former employees of US chemical producer Union Carbide [corporate website] on charges relating to the 1984 Bhopal chemical spill disaster [BBC backgrounder]. The seven men were convicted of "death by negligence" and sentenced to two years in prison each and ordered to [read more]

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