Legal news from Thursday, December 9, 2010
15:12 EDT

[JURIST] Officials at Virginia Tech [university website] acted unlawfully by waiting too long to notify students during the 2007 shootings [NYT backgrounder; JURIST news archive], according to a report [text, PDF; materials] released Thursday by the US Department of Education [official website]. According to the report, Virginia Tech officials failed [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] Thailand's Constitutional Court [GlobaLex backgrounder] on Thursday dismissed a second case against the ruling Democrat Party [party website] for alleged misuse of campaign funds. The court voted 4-3 to dismiss the case [Bangkok Post report] on procedural grounds, allowing the ruling part to escape dissolution. If the suit had [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] on Wednesday dismissed [opinion, PDF] a challenge to California's affirmative action [JURIST news archive] ban in public university admissions. The ban, approved by voters in 1996 as Proposition 209 [text], prohibits discrimination or preferential [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of New Jersey [official website] on Wednesday granted a motion to dismiss a lawsuit [case materials] brought by a physician organization challenging the constitutionality of the recently enacted health care reform law [HR 3590 text; JURIST news archive]. Nonprofit [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] on Wednesday approved a bill [legislative materials; text] that would provide a path to permanent resident status for some high school graduates who enter the military or enroll in a college degree program. The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act, [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] on Wednesday signed [press release] a bill [HR 4783 materials] authorizing funds for a settlement with minority farmers over discrimination claims. The settlements include $3.4 billion to resolve claims that the Department of the Interior (DOI) [official website] mismanaged funds [DOI materials] held [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] voted 212-206 [roll call vote] Wednesday in favor of a defense spending bill [HR 3082] that includes a provision preventing Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees from being transferred to the US for trial. The legislation would block Khalid Sheikh Mohammed [BBC [read more]

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