Legal news from Thursday, February 3, 2011

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] heard arguments Wednesday on a new challenge to the Voting Rights Act of Act of 1965 (VRA) [materials]. Arguing before Judge John Bates, officials representing Shelby County, Alabama, together with a corps of conservative activists, … [read more]

[JURIST] The UK government's independent reviewer of terror laws on Thursday published a report [text, PDF] saying that rulings from the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] made it difficult to remove foreign terror suspects from Britain. Control orders [Guardian backgrounder; JURIST news archive], created by the Prevention … [read more]

[JURIST] Kenya's High Court of Nairobi [official website] ruled Thursday that recent judicial nominations by President Mwai Kibaki [official profile; JURIST news archive] are unconstitutional, halting parliament's approval proceedings. Agreeing with an earlier pronouncement [JURIST report] by Prime Minister Raila Odinga [Guardian profile; JURIST news archive], Justice Daniel Musinga ruled … [read more]

[JURIST] The Superior Court of California County of Los Angeles [official website] on Wednesday approved [opinion, PDF] a $6.5 million settlement between the state of California and two former Countrywide Financial Corporation executives accused of predatory lending. The lawsuit alleged that Countrywide lured borrowers with low teaser rates prior to … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website] on Wednesday upheld [opinion, PDF] a lower court ruling barring the Ten Commandments [JURIST news archive] from being displayed in an Ohio courthouse. The display, called "Philosophies of Law in Conflict," includes two columns bearing the headings "Moral … [read more]

[JURIST] Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II [official profile] announced [press release] Thursday that he will file a petition for certiorari before judgment with the US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive], asking the court to hear an appeal in the case of Commonwealth v. Sebelius [materials], the … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana [official website] on Wednesday ordered [opinion, PDF] the administrator for the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF) [official website] to refrain from characterizing himself as independent from British Petroleum (BP) [corporate website] in communications with victims of … [read more]

[JURIST] Russia's Presidential Council on Civil Society and Human Rights will look into the verdicts handed down against former Russian oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive] and his business partner Platon Lebedev [defense website]. During a recent council meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev [official website, in … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] announced Wednesday that the Detroit Immigration Court [official website] has ordered the removal [press release] of a Michigan man accused of killing Jews while serving as a member of the Nazi-sponsored Ukrainian Auxiliary Police (UAP) in L'viv, Ukraine, during World War … [read more]

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