Legal news from Tuesday, June 29, 2010
14:06 EDT

[JURIST] The EU agreed Monday to give the US access to bank data in order to track the finances of suspected terrorists. Under the agreement, the US can use the Terrorist Finance Tracking Program [fact sheet] to access information from the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) [official website; [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday summarily affirmed [order list, PDF] a lower court's ruling [JURIST report] in Republican National Committee v. Federal Elections Commission [materials], upholding a ban on the use of "soft money" in elections. The Federal Election Campaign Act [text] prohibits [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] The second day of confirmation hearings [materials] for Supreme Court [official website] nominee Elena Kagan [JURIST news archive] began Tuesday with Kagan defending her decision to restrict military recruiter access to Harvard Law School [academic website] while she was dean. Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Jeff Sessions (R-AL) [official [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] Two lawsuits have been filed against BP alleging violations of the Rackteer Influenced Corrupt Organizations (RICO) [18 USC § 1961 et seq.] statute in connection with the recent Deepwater Horizon oil spill [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The first lawsuit, a class action filed on behalf of US residents [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] The British government indicated Monday that it will issue a new set of regulations regarding the use of information obtained via torture. The announcement came as part of the government's defense against a lawsuit filed by the human rights group Reprieve [advocacy website], which has been seeking a review [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] Google [corporate website; JURIST news archive] announced Monday that it will stop redirecting Internet users in mainland China [press release] to its unfiltered search engine in Honk Kong in an effort to renew the company's Internet Content Provider license. In March, Google began redirecting users [JURIST report] from its [read more]

07:06 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Monday called on the government of East Timor [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to close legal loopholes [press release] in that allow for national amnesties and pardons for war crimes. In a report [text, PDF] analyzing the consistency of the country's penal code [read more]

07:06 EDT

[JURIST] Women's rights group Planned Parenthood of the Heartland [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF; press release, PDF] on Monday opposing a new Nebraska law [LB 594 materials] that will require doctors to perform psychological screenings of patients seeking abortions [JURIST news archive]. The lawsuit names several defendants, including [read more]

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