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Legal news from Monday, June 7, 2010
by Dwyer Arce

A Rwandan judge on Monday denied the bail request of US lawyer and JURIST Forum contributor Peter Erlinder. Judge Maurice Mbishibishi of the Gasabo Intermediate Court cited flight risk in ordering that Erlinder be detained for 30 more days as the investigation is pending. Mbishibishi also stated that Erlinder's …

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by Hillary Stemple

The government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) 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 colonel who reportedly confessed to being involved in …

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by Sarah Miley

Bank of America (BOA) subsidiary Countrywide Home Loans, Inc. on Monday reached a $108 million settlement agreement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to resolve charges that the subsidiary collected excessive fees from homeowners facing foreclosure. The agreement allows the FTC to create a fund to provide refunds to borrowers affected by Countrywide's …

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by Dwyer Arce

The US Supreme Court on Monday denied a petition for certiorari in the case of Pontiac School District v. Duncan, which challenged whether the No Child Left Behind Act could impose requirements upon school districts without providing funding. The plaintiffs allege that Congress cannot impose requirements on …

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by Hillary Stemple

The US Supreme Court on Monday held in Krupski v. Costa Crociere that the appropriate application of "mistake" in Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 15(c)(1)(C) is whether the party being added to the case knew or should have known about the dispute. The US Court of …

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by Dwyer Arce

The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled 8-1 in Hamilton, Chapter 13 Trustee v. Lanning that the "projected disposable income" of a debtor filing Chapter 13 bankruptcy must be calculated using the "forward-looking approach." In finding so, the court resolved a dispute about the meaning of the statutory …

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by Sarah Miley

The US Supreme Court on Monday decided 6-3 in Barber v. Thomas to uphold the method used by the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) for calculating "good time" sentence reductions for federal prisoners. The Sentencing Reform Act [18 USC § 3624(b) text] permits federal prison …

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by Hillary Stemple

Medical personnel present as part of the Bush administration's enhanced interrogations were collecting and analyzing data in order to develop more effective interrogation procedures, according to a report released Monday by the advocacy group Physicians for Human Rights (PHR). The techniques used by the interrogators, including waterboarding, sleep deprivation, and …

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by Dwyer Arce

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, during an appearance on FOX News Sunday. The proposal, put forth by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, would have established a panel comprised of representatives from Israel, Turkey, …

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by Sarah Miley

Australian Attorney General Robert McClelland announced Sunday that the Australian Federal Police (AFP) have launched an investigation into whether Google violated privacy laws while collecting images for its Street View maps. Google confirmed earlier this month that it had been inadvertently collecting and storing data obtained from streetscape pictures …

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by Hillary Stemple

An Indian court on Monday convicted seven former employees of US chemical producer Union Carbide on charges relating to the 1984 Bhopal chemical spill disaster. The seven men were convicted of "death by negligence" and sentenced to two years in prison each and ordered to pay USD $2,100. An eighth man who is now deceased …

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