Legal news from Wednesday, January 12, 2011

[JURIST] The state of Texas on Wednesday failed for the third time in two months at its attempts to block new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] regulations governing greenhouse gas emissions. The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia [official website] denied the state's request to … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Wednesday heard oral argument in two criminal cases, one involving law enforcement creating exigent circumstances for entering a home without a warrant, and the other interpreting a provision of the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA) [18 U.S.C. § 924(e)]. In Kentucky v. … [read more]

[JURIST] The Merit System Protection Board (MSPB) [official website] on Wednesday ordered [opinion, PDF] the US Department of the Interior (DOI) [official website] to reinstate Teresa Chambers as U.S. Park Police chief after determining her termination was unjustified. The MSPB ruled that Chambers was wrongly discharged in December 2003 for … [read more]

[JURIST] The Italian Constitutional Court held hearings on Tuesday to determine the constitutionality of a law that grants temporary immunity [materials, in Italian] to Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] for charges he currently faces in Milan. The law in question was passed in March [JURIST report] … [read more]

[JURIST] A federal judge on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] that Washington state's "top-two" primary election system is constitutional. Judge John Coughenour of the US District Court for the Western District of Washington [official website] held that voters were not confused [Seattle Times report] by the current version of Washington state's … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] voted Tuesday to stay the execution [JURIST news archive] of convicted murderer Cleve Foster [Texas Department of Criminal Justice profile; case materials] until it decides whether to grant his petition for certiorari. Foster, a former Army recruiter, denies allegations [AP report] that he … [read more]

[JURIST] The Illinois Senate [official website], sitting in a lame-duck session, on Tuesday passed a bill abolishing the state's death penalty [JURIST news archive]. The amended bill (SB3539) [amendment, text], approved [JURIST report] by the House last week, passed 35-22 [Chicago Tribune report] and now proceeds to Governor Pat Quinn … [read more]

[JURIST] A Pakistani anti-terrorism court in the province of Punjab on Tuesday sentenced two men to life in prison for violating Pakistan's blasphemy law [text; JURIST news archive]. Mohammad Shafi and his son Mohammad Aslam were convicted in the city of Dera Ghazi for having torn down and trampled a … [read more]

[JURIST] A federal judge in the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Tuesday denied [opinion, PDF] the habeas corpus petition of Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Abdul Razak Ali. The judge rejected Razak Ali's claim of mistaken identity and ruled that US officials acted … [read more]

[JURIST] Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed [press release, PDF] emergency legislation [SB1101 materials; text] Tuesday making it a crime to picket or protest a funeral. The move comes after Reverend Fred Phelps's Westboro Baptist Church [WARNING: readers may find material at this church website offensive; JURIST news archive] announced plans … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Tuesday in J. McIntyre Machinery v. Nicastro [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report] on the ability of a state, under the Fourteenth Amendment's Due Process Clause [Cornell LII backgrounder], to exercise specific … [read more]

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