Legal news from Tuesday, February 22, 2011
15:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] in Bond v. United States [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report] on whether a criminal defendant may challenge the constitutionality of a federal criminal statute under the Tenth Amendment [text]. [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in two cases. In Pacific Operations Offshore, LLP v. Valladolid [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the court will consider when an outer continental shelf worker, injured on land, is eligible for compensation under the [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] said Tuesday that the Libyan government's response to recent protests may amount to crimes against humanity [press release]. Pillay cited the use of machine guns, snipers and military planes against protesters, calling for an independent investigation. She also urged [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] A Thai court on Tuesday released on bail seven "red shirt" [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] opposition leaders detained during anti-government protests [JURIST news archive] that began last March. The leaders were arrested last spring on terrorism charges [AFP report] during the demonstrations. During their detention, red shirts organized [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] 6-2 in Bruesewitz v. Wyeth [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that section 22(b)(1) [text] of the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 provides blanket immunity to vaccine manufacturers from all tort actions filed in [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] 7-2 in CSX Transportation, Inc. v. Alabama Department of Revenue [Cornell LII backgrounder] that a railroad may challenge sales and use taxes that apply to rail carriers but exempt their competitors in the transportation industry. [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office (PGO) [official website, in Ukrainian] has combined two separate criminal cases [press release, in Ukrainian] and concluded the pre-trial investigation of opposition leader and former primer minister Yulia Tymoshenko [personal website; JURIST news archive]. Tymoshenko was called in for questioning Monday by the PGO [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] began the trial [press release] of former Serb nationalist politician Vojislav Seselj [case materials; JURIST news archive] Tuesday on charges that he released the names of 11 ICTY witnesses in violation of a confidentiality order. ICTY prosecutors say [read more]

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