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Legal news from Tuesday, April 26, 2011

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Tuesday in Sorrell v. IMS Health [oral argument transcript, PDF; JURIST report] to determine whether a state law prohibiting prescription drug manufacturers from using data collected from physicians is a violation of … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit [official website] on Tuesday ordered [opinion, PDF] a new sentencing hearing for Mumia Abu-Jamal [Philadelphia Inquirer backgrounder], a former member of the Black Panthers who was convicted and sentenced to death for killing a police officer in Philadelphia in 1981. … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] 7-1 in United States v. Tohono O'odham Indian Nation [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that the tribe cannot bring a suit based on the same facts in both federal district court and the Court of … [read more]

[JURIST] A UN panel of experts said in a report released Monday that the Sri Lankan government and rebel forces may have committed war crimes [report, PDF] during the final stages of the conflict with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) [JURIST news archive]. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon [official … [read more]

[JURIST] Sponsors of Proposition 8 [text; JURIST news archive], California's same-sex marriage ban, on Monday filed a motion to vacate in US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website], arguing that the judge who struck down the marriage ban should have recused himself from the case [motion text; … [read more]

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official website] on Monday delineated the priorities and missions [speech text; video] for the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] for the remainder of his present term. Holder said that the DOJ's priorities will include protecting Americans from terrorism at home and abroad, … [read more]

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