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Legal news from Monday, April 4, 2011

[JURIST] A Dutch court in the Amsterdam district of Haarlem on Monday upheld [CGB press release, in Dutch] a ban on Islamic headscarves [JURIST news archive] at Don Bosco College [academic website, in Dutch], a Catholic school in Volendam. The court stressed that a prohibition on headscarves is in line … [read more]

[JURIST] A Spanish court issued an international arrest warrant on Monday for the extradition of Jose Sosa Orantes, a former Guatemalan soldier being held in Canada for his involvement in a 1982 massacre during Guatemala's 36-year civil war [GlobalSecurity backgrounder]. Arrested in Canada [AP report] in January for lying on … [read more]

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official website] announced Monday that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and four other co-conspirators will be tried before a military commission [statement] for their roles in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Holder, who wanted the accused be tried before a federal civilian … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 Monday in Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that respondents lacked standing to bring suit regarding the constitutionality of an Arizona tax credit. The tax credit [Ariz Rev Stat Ann § 43-1089 text] … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] in Cullen v. Pinholster [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that review under the federal habeas law is limited to the record that was before the state court, reinstating the death penalty for a convicted man. The court's ruling … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in two cases from the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit [official website] but denied review of three Guantanamo cases [JURIST news archive]. In Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders of … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Friday filed a brief [text, PDF] with the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website], arguing that the health care reform law [HR 3590; JURIST news archive] is constitutional. In January, a judge for the US District … [read more]

[JURIST] A Vietnamese court on Monday convicted well-known lawyer and activist Cu Huy Ha Vu of carrying out anti-state propaganda and sentenced him to seven years of imprisonment and an additional three years of house arrest. During the trial, which lasted only one day, Vu's lawyers were thrown out of … [read more]

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