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Legal news from Thursday, June 17, 2010
by Sarah Miley

The US Supreme Court on Thursday ruled 6-3 in Schwab v. Reilly that a trustee assigned to a Chapter 7 bankruptcy case is not required to object to the exemptions made by the debtor in order to preserve the estate's right to retain any …

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by Dwyer Arce

A Rwandan court on Thursday granted the bail request of US lawyer and JURIST Forum contributor Peter Erlinder. Judge Johnson Busingye of the High Court of Rwanda granted unconditional release due to Erlinder's persisting medical problems, which would allow Erlinder to leave the country, but requires that he inform …

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by Hillary Stemple

The US Supreme Court on Thursday ruled in Stop the Beach Renourishment, Inc. v. Florida Department of Environment Protection that the state of Florida did not "take" property without just compensation in violation of the Fifth Amendment where the state permanently fixed property boundaries as part of a …

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by Sarah Miley

The US Supreme Court on Thursday ruled 5-4 in New Process Steel v. National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that the NLRB lacks the authority to decide cases where only two of the five-member board are present. Section 3(b) of the National Labor Relations Act [29 USC § 153(b)] provides …

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by Hillary Stemple

The US Supreme Court on Thursday ruled in Dillon v. United States that the court's decision in United States v. Booker does not provide for special consideration of changes in sentencing guidelines during U.S.C. §3582(c)(2) sentence modification hearings. The court ruled in Booker that federal sentencing …

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by Sarah Miley

The US Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously ruled in City of Ontario v. Quon that an employer's search of private text messages on a work-issued device does not violate the Fourth Amendment if the search is motivated by a legitimate work-related purpose and is not excessive …

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by Hillary Stemple

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted to approve an ordinance that would require retailers who sell cellular phones to display the varying amounts of radiation emitted by the different cell phone models. The ordinance passed by a vote of 10-1 and Mayor Gavin Newsom, who helped sponsor the legislation, is expected …

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by Dwyer Arce

The US District Court for the Northern District of California on Wednesday heard closing arguments in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 8. During closing arguments, the attorneys for the plaintiffs argued that the state ban on same-sex marriage violates the Equal Protection Clause and …

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by Hillary Stemple

The Icelandic Parliament on Wednesday voted 50-0 to pass sweeping media reform laws aimed at increasing protections for journalists and promoting freedom of speech and transparency in government. The Icelandic Modern Media Initiative (IMMI) was developed by lawmakers in conjunction with Wikileaks, a non-profit website focused on exposing …

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by Dwyer Arce

The Swiss Federal Assembly on Thursday gave final approval on an agreement with the US that will allow Swiss bank UBS to disclose account information of clients suspected by the US government of tax evasion. The approval came at a conciliation meeting between the two houses of parliament at which …

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by Erin Bock

Amnesty International (AI) on Wednesday issued a report urging the Israeli government to stop demolishing Palestinian homes found to be constructed illegally in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT). AI cited incidents over the past five years where Israeli forces demolished Palestinian homes and schools, leaving more than 600 Palestinians homeless. …

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