Legal news from Thursday, August 5, 2010
17:08 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon [official website] called [press release] for the elimination of all nuclear weapons Thursday in a speech [text] delivered during a visit to the Japanese city of Nagasaki. In his speech, Ban emphasized the importance of eliminating existing nuclear weapons and using political pressure to create [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate on Thursday voted 63-37 [roll call vote] to confirm Solicitor General Elena Kagan [official website; JURIST news archive] to the Supreme Court [official website]. The vote fell largely along party lines, with only one Democrat voting against her confirmation, and five Republicans voting in favor. Shortly [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] Federal authorities arrested [FBI release] a Chicago man Tuesday night on suspicion that he planned to travel to Somalia and train with terrorist groups there in order to become a suicide bomber. Acording to a complaint [text, PDF] filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Maryland [official website] has denied a motion to dismiss [opinion, PDF] a lawsuit filed by a group of former Iraqi detainees against US military contractors. The lawsuit, Al-Quraishi v. Nakhla [case materials], filed in June 2008 [JURIST report], [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] on Wednesday called [report, PDF] for Iraq's political leaders to work together "with a higher sense of urgency" to form a new government, warning that further delays could create more instability. Since holding elections [JURIST report] five months ago, there have been disagreements [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) [advocacy websites] on Wednesday announced that they would pursue a legal challenge [press release] to the Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) licensing scheme, despite being issued a license to represent Anwar al-Awlaki [NYT profile]. Al-Awlaki is [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] Opponents of a new Kenya constitution [text, PDF] on Thursday peacefully conceded to those in favor of the change, after early results from a national referendum strongly favored [IIEC release] the constitution. Voting on the constitution took place Wednesday amid concerns [Standard op-ed] that high turnout and heated debate [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) [advocacy website] on Wednesday filed a lawsuit [petition, PDF; press release] against the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) [official website], seeking to overturn its decision to allow the Cordoba House [project website] project to proceed. The Cordoba House, a [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] Egyptian dissident Saad Eddin Ibrahim [professional profile] on Wednesday returned to Egypt after three years of exile, despite nine outstanding criminal complaints against him. Ibrahim, founder of the Ibn Khaldoun Centre for Development Studies [academic website], has been a prominent human rights activist and outspoken critic of Egyptian President [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] Vague language and inconsistent interpretations of policy have hindered the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) [website] ability to effectively evaluate and approve medical devices, according to a new FDA report [text, PDF] released Wednesday. A committee from the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) [website], which regulates [read more]

07:08 EDT

[JURIST] Oil company British Petroleum (BP) [corporate website] was sued Tuesday in a $10 billion class action lawsuit [complaint, PDF] over a toxic chemical leak that lasted for 40 days at its refinery in Texas City, TX. The complaint was filed by Texas attorney Anthony Buzbee [firm website] in the [read more]

06:08 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] on Wednesday ruled [opinion, PDF] that California's ban on same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive] violates the US Constitution [text]. Judge Vaughn Walker held that the ban, known as Proposition 8 [text; JURIST news archive], [read more]

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