Legal news from Monday, May 2, 2011

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in MBZ v. Clinton [docket; cert. petition, PDF] to determine whether the political question doctrine [Cornell LII backgrounder] deprives a federal court of jurisdiction to enforce a federal statute that explicitly directs the … [read more]

[JURIST] Former Israeli president Moshe Katsav [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] appealed to the Israeli Supreme Court [official website, in Hebrew] on Monday, shortly before he was to begin a seven-year prison sentence for rape and sexual assault [JURIST report]. The 300-page appeal includes requests [Jerusalem Post report] that Katsav's … [read more]

[JURIST] An amendment to Chinese law abolishing the death penalty [JURIST news archive] for 13 crimes passed in February [JURIST report] by the standing committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) [official website] went into effect on Sunday. The list of crimes for which the death penalty was abolished include … [read more]

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official profile] announced [statement] Sunday night that earlier in the day a small team of US military personnel attacked a compound in which al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden [WP obituary; JURIST news archive] had been hiding, killing Bin Laden and taking possession of his … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] 7-1 in Montana v. Wyoming [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] for Wyoming in a dispute with Montana over water rights to the Tongue and Powder rivers. Montana claimed that Wyoming violated the Yellowstone River Compact … [read more]

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