Legal news from Monday, June 28, 2010
15:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] began confirmation hearings [materials] Monday for Supreme Court [official website] nominee Elena Kagan [JURIST news archive], 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 [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] 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 [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 in Free Enterprise Fund and Beckstead and Watts, LLP v. Public Company Accounting Oversight Board [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 [text] violates constitutional separation of powers by affording [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 in McDonald v. Chicago [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment makes the Second Amendment [texts] right to bear arms applicable to the states as well as [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] in Bilski v. Kappos [Cornell LII backgrounder] that business method patents [Jones Day backgrounder] may qualify as patentable subject matter but that a specific method for hedging risks in commodities trading is ineligible for patent [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 in Christian Legal Society v. Martinez [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that the "all comers" policy at the University of California-Hastings School of Law [official website], which limits funding to student organizations that adopt [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [official website] on Monday accused the Honduran government of failing to address human rights violations [press release] stemming from the June 2009 coup [JURIST report] that removed Manuel Zelaya [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] from power. AI contends that hundreds of people opposed to the coup [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] The trial of former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] 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 [JURIST report] to France in April [read more]

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