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15:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] heard oral arguments [video] Monday in Perry v. Schwarzenegger [case materials] on Proposition 8 [text, PDF; JURIST news archive], California's same-sex marriage ban. The hearing was divided into two one-hour sessions, with the first section focusing on the [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] confirmed on Monday that the prosecutor's office has opened preliminary examinations to evaluate possible war crimes committed by North Korea [press release]. ICC chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] verified that evaluations will determine if some of the incidents by North Korean [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Monday in Henderson v. Shinseki [oral arguments transcript, PDF] on the time limits for seeking judicial review of the denial of a veteran's claim for disability benefits. The issue is whether the [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in Wal-Mart v. Dukes [docket; cert. petition, PDF], a massive gender discrimination class action lawsuit. The issues are (1) whether claims for monetary relief can be certified under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] A French court on Monday found US-based Continental Airlines [corporate website] and one of its employees guilty of manslaughter for their roles in the Air France Concorde jet crash [BBC backgrounder] outside Paris in 2000. The court found [CBC report] that a piece of metal fell off a Continental [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] on Monday sentenced [judgment summary, PDF; press release] former Rwandan Armed Forces lieutenant Ildephonse Hategekimana [case materials] to life imprisonment after convicting him on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity. The court found Hategekimana guilty [AFP report] of three [read more]

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[JURIST] The Lahore High Court (LHC) [official website] on Monday ordered a stay against any amendments to Pakistan's blasphemy laws [text; JURIST news archive] pending further proceedings. The court ruled [The News report] on a petition filed by a citizen, which argued that parliament does not have the right to [read more]

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