Legal news from Wednesday, March 2, 2011

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Wednesday in two cases: one regarding the extent of immunity for a federal official and another regarding the Sixth Amendment Confrontation Clause. In Ashcroft v. Al-Kidd [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report], former US attorney … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday ruled [opinion, PDF] 6-2 in Pepper v. United States [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that judges may consider a defendant's post-sentencing rehabilitation as a permissible factor supporting a downward sentencing variance under 18 USC § 3553(a) [text]. Writing … [read more]

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the National Women's Law Center (NWLC) and 32 other organizations on Tuesday filed [brief, PDF] an amicus curiae brief in the US Supreme Court [official website], supporting a class action discrimination lawsuit filed against Wal-Mart [corporate website]. The suit was filed 10 years … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] said Wednesday that it will launch an investigation into the recent violence in Libya. According to a statement [press release], ICC Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] will make a formal announcement of the investigation Thursday. The Rome Statute [text] enables the … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday ruled [opinion, PDF] in Snyder v. Phelps [Cornell LII backgrounder] that First Amendment [text] protections extend to protesters at military funerals. Reverend Fred Phelps and members of the Westboro Baptist Church [WARNING: readers may find material at this … [read more]

[JURIST] The Malaysian Federal Court [official website] refused to dismiss a lawsuit [case materials, in Malaysian] Tuesday brought on behalf of indigenous peoples of Borneo who claim the Sarawat state government unconstitutionally took their land and sold it to businesses. The suit claims that the acquisitions [Malaysian Insider report], effected … [read more]

[JURIST] California Attorney General Kamala Harris [official website] on Tuesday requested that the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] lift the stay order [press release] prohibiting gay couples from marrying while an appeal of the invalidation of Proposition 8 [text, PDF; JURIST news archive], California's same-sex … [read more]

[JURIST] The European Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website] ruled [judgment] Tuesday that an EU directive allowing insurance companies to charge men and women different rates in some countries violates the Charter of Fundamental European Rights [text, PDF] and must be struck down. Article 5(2) of Directive 2004/113/EC [text, PDF] … [read more]

[JURIST] A Wisconsin circuit court judge extended an ex parte restraining order [petition and affidavits text, PDF] on Tuesday that the Wisconsin capitol building must be made open to the public during business hours, sought in light of recent protests that have caused officials to regulate entrance into the building. … [read more]

[JURIST] Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy [party profile; JURIST news archive] lost his final appeal to the Cambodian Supreme Court on Wednesday for charges [JURIST report] of intentionally destroying posts marking the border between Cambodia and Vietnam and inciting racial discrimination through that act. The ruling upheld the conviction in … [read more]

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