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Legal news from Monday, March 21, 2011

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website, JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Monday in Davis v. United States [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report] on the Fourth Amendment [text] exclusionary rule [Cornell LII backgrounder]. The issue is whether the rule requires the suppression of evidence obtained … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] ruled [decision, PDF] Monday that the plaintiffs in Amnesty v. Blai [ACLU materials] have standing to sue the US government over the constitutionality of a federal eavesdropping law, reinstating their lawsuit. The plaintiffs, including attorneys, journalists and rights … [read more]

[JURIST] Wisconsin Attorney General JB Van Hollen (R) [official website] asked the state's Court of Appeals [official website] on Monday to block [motion, PDF] an order issued last week temporarily halting a legislative measure designed to curb the collective bargaining power of unions. Van Hollen's office filed the motion seeking … [read more]

[JURIST] A federal judge on Monday declined to formally rule on the request by former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich [JURIST news archive] to cancel his retrial [JURIST report], claiming that the motion was neither serious, nor did it raise a legal question. Earlier this month, Blagojevich's lawyers submitted a motion … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday denied certiorari [order list, PDF] in Clearing House Association LLC v. Bloomberg LP [docket], leaving in place a ruling [JURIST report] requiring the Federal Reserve [official website] to release information regarding loans it made to various banks during … [read more]

[JURIST] The French National Commission of Information Technology and Liberty (CNIL) [official website, in French] fined Google [corporate website] 100,000 euros (USD $141,300) on Monday for violating French data privacy laws [press release, in French] by capturing personal data through Google Street View cars, used for its Google Maps service. … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] will determine whether an appeal of a capital murder conviction can continue despite the prisoner's lawyers failing to meet a paperwork deadline, in one of two cases in which the court granted certiorari [order list, PDF] Monday. In Maples v. … [read more]

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Benin on Monday confirmed provisional election results in the country's March presidential election, securing the reelection of President Thomas Boni Yayi [official websites, in French]. Yayi secured 53 percent of the vote, allowing him to avoid a runoff [L'araignee report, in French] in his campaign … [read more]

[JURIST] Hundreds of people are being held without charge or trial in India's northernmost state Kashmir and Jammu, according to a report [text, PDF] released by Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Monday. AI reports that India's Public Safety Act (PSA) [text] is being used to detain people despite the … [read more]

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