Legal news from Wednesday, January 5, 2011

[JURIST] A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously Tuesday that California's Mount Soledad cross, a 43-foot cross erected as a Korean War veterans' memorial, is unconstitutional under the First Amendment [text]. Justice M. Margaret McKeown declared, "[t]he use … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US Court of Federal Claims [official website] has issued a preliminary injunction preventing the US Department of Interior (DOI) [official website] from accepting a bid from Microsoft [corporate website] to overhaul its e-mail system, according to a ruling made public Tuesday. Google [corporate website; JURIST … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Tuesday asked [order, PDF] the Supreme Court of California [official website] to weigh in on whether supporters of Proposition 8 [text, PDF; JURIST news archive], California's same-sex marriage ban, have standing to defend the measure when state … [read more]

[JURIST] Archbishop Jerome Listecki announced Tuesday that the Archodiocese of Milwaukee [official website] will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection [press release] as a result of financial strain from lawsuits over the clergy sex abuse scandals [JURIST news archive]. The archdiocese's purpose in filing the petition is to achieve the … [read more]

[JURIST] Spanish National Court judge Fernando Andreu [JURIST news archive] on Tuesday issued a writ to pursue an investigation against Iraqi Lieutenant General Abdol Hossein Al Shemmari for allegedly ordering a July 2009 strike against Iranian exiles at Camp Ashraf in which 11 unarmed civilians were killed, 36 were detained … [read more]

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