Legal news from Wednesday, September 1, 2010
15:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] announced [press release] Wednesday that it has charged [complaint, PDF] Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimulla Mehsud [NYT profile] in connection with the December 30 attack [WP backgrounder] on Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] Afghan outpost Camp Chapman that left nine people [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] Former Illinois governor George Ryan [JURIST news archive] on Tuesday filed a motion [materials] in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois [official website] asking the judge to vacate his prison sentence, following a recent US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] decision that allegedly [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Court of Appeals for the Fifth District of Texas [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that the state ban on same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive] does not violate the US Constitution. The court also held that state trial courts do not have jurisdiction to hear cases involving the [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website] announced Wednesday that a judge in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] has approved a fund set up by Bank of America (BOA) [corporate website] in accordance with the settlement agreement [JURIST report] [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Arizona [official website] on Tuesday granted a motion to dismiss [order, PDF] a police officer's suit [JURIST report] challenging Arizona's controversial immigration law [SB 1070 materials, JURIST news archive]. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) [official website] filed a [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] UN Special Representative for Sexual Violence in Conflict Margot Wallstrom [EU profile] on Tuesday called for an end to impunity for leaders of militias and armed groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] for conducting mass rapes, saying that perpetrators would face war [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Obama administration on Tuesday appealed [notice of appeal, PDF; motion to stay, PDF] last week's ruling by the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] that granted a preliminary injunction [opinion, PDF; JURIST report] blocking federal funding for embryonic stem cell research [JURIST news archive]. [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] has begun considering a lawsuit filed by three Russian activists alleging their right to freedom of assembly has been violated, their lawyer said Tuesday. The court is reportedly deciding whether the case merits priority consideration [RIA Novosti]. The lawsuit stems [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Tuesday denied [order, PDF] a request for an en banc rehearing of the case of Yemeni Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Gahleb Nassar Al-Bihani [NYT materials]. In January, the court found [opinion, PDF; JURIST [read more]

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