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Legal news from Monday, June 28, 2010
by Sarah Miley

The US Senate Judiciary Committee began confirmation hearings Monday for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, with Democratic and Republican senators offering contrasting interpretations of Kagan's judicial philosophy and lack of experience on the bench. In his opening statement Senator Ted Kaufman (D-DE), who replaced Vice President Joe Biden [official …

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by Hillary Stemple

The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in six cases. In Chamber of Commerce v. Candelaria [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the court will determine whether an Arizona statute imposing sanctions on employers that hire illegal immigrants is preempted by federal law. According to 8 USC § 1324(a)(h)(2), federal law …

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by Sarah Miley

The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled 5-4 in Free Enterprise Fund and Beckstead and Watts, LLP v. Public Company Accounting Oversight Board that the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 violates constitutional separation of powers by affording members of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) [board …

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by Hillary Stemple

The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled 5-4 in McDonald v. Chicago that the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment makes the Second Amendment right to bear arms applicable to the states as well as the federal government. The case arose over a city of …

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by Christian Ehret

The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled in Bilski v. Kappos that business method patents may qualify as patentable subject matter but that a specific method for hedging risks in commodities trading is ineligible for patent protection because it is an abstract idea. Justice Anthony Kennedy, …

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by Sarah Miley

The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled 5-4 in Christian Legal Society v. Martinez that the "all comers" policy at the University of California-Hastings School of Law, which limits funding to student organizations that adopt the school's nondiscrimination policy, is reasonable and viewpoint neutral and …

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by Hillary Stemple

Amnesty International (AI) on Monday accused the Honduran government of failing to address human rights violations stemming from the June 2009 coup that removed Manuel Zelaya from power. AI contends that hundreds of people opposed to the coup have been beaten and detained since the coup. The group …

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by Sarah Miley

The trial of former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega began Monday in a Paris criminal court. Noriega faces money laundering charges in France for allegedly laundering $3 million in drug profits by purchasing property in Paris. He was extradited to France in April by the US, where he had served a 17-year sentence …

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