Legal news from Tuesday, March 1, 2011

[JURIST] The UN General Assembly voted Tuesday to suspend Libya from the Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official websites] in response to the violent suppression of peaceful protesters by forces loyal to leader Muammar Gaddafi [BBC profile]. The resolution [UN News Centre report], adopted by consensus, came at the request of … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] 8-0 in FCC v. AT&T [Cornell LII backgrounder] that the 7(C) "personal privacy" exemption [DOJ backgrounder, PDF] to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [text] request does not apply to corporations. AT&T [corporate website] had … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Tuesday in the consolidated cases of Camreta v. Greene [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report] and Alford v. Greene on whether the Fourth Amendment [text] requires a warrant, court order, parental consent … [read more]

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] called Tuesday for an investigation [press release] into the Tunisian Security Force's alleged brutality against protesters. AI urged the interim government to immediately conduct a full investigation into the killings and allegations of serious abuse and hold the perpetrators accountable. The report reveals acts … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously in Staub v. Proctor Hospital [Cornell LII Backgrounder; JURIST report] that an employer may be held liable for employment discrimination based on discriminatory motivations of a supervisor who influences, but does not necessarily make, … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] 8-0 in Henderson v. Shinseki [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that the 120-day statute of limitations for challenging a denial of veteran's benefits is not jurisdictional. In its decision, the court overruled the decision of … [read more]

[JURIST] A special court in India sentenced 11 Muslims to death Tuesday in connection with the Godhra train burning in 2002 that killed 59 Hindu nationalists and started the 2002 Gujarat riots [BBC backgrounder]. Special judge PR Patel handed down death sentences [Indian Express report] for 11 of 31 convicted … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] filed a brief [text, PDF] with the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] Tuesday asking the court to overturn a December decision [opinion, PDF; JURIST report] by the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia … [read more]

[JURIST] An Argentine court on Monday commenced the trial of former dictators Jorge Videla [Trial Watch profile; JURIST news archive] and Reynaldo Bignone [JURIST news archive] for allegedly overseeing a systematic plan to steal babies born to political prisoners during the nation's 1976-1983 "Dirty War" [GlobalSecurity backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. … [read more]

[JURIST] Iranian opposition leaders Mir-Hossein Mousavi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and Mehdi Karroubi [NYT profile; JURIST news archive] and their wives were arrested [Kaleme post, in Persian] and jailed in Heshamatiyeh prison on Monday, according to Mousavi's website Kaleme [website, in Persian]. Judicial authorities denied the arrest [Fars News … [read more]

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