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Legal news from Monday, May 16, 2011
by Zach Zagger

A Malaysian court ruled Monday that prosecutors have enough evidence to pursue a sodomy case against opposition leader and former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim. The Kuala Lumpur High Court ruling forces Anwar to enter his defense to the charge that he sodomized a former male political aide. Judge Zabidin Mohamad Diah …

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by Zach Zagger

The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled 5-3 in Schindler Elevator Corp. v. US ex rel. Kirk that a written response to a Freedom of Information Act request is a "report" within the exception to a federal whistleblower law. Daniel Kirk brought a …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court ruled Monday in CIGNA Corp v. Amara that a district court incorrectly ordered relief under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). The court had been asked to determine what "showing" is required to entitle participants in the pension plan to recover benefits where there …

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by Zach Zagger

The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled 8-1 in Kentucky v. King that the exigent circumstances rule applies when the police do not act or threaten to act in a way that violates the Fourth Amendment. The case involved a situation where police smelled marijuana outside …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in Minneci v. Pollard [docket; cert. petition, PDF] to decide whether to allow a cause of action against private contractors running a federal prison. The issue is whether the court should imply a cause of action under Bivens v. Six Unknown Named Agents of Federal Bureau …

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by Zach Zagger

The International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo announced Monday that he is seeking arrest warrants for Libyan leader Mummar Gaddafi and two others in his "inner circle" on charges of crimes against humanity. Ocampo said his office has gathered evidence that Gaddafi, his son Saif al-Islam and his brother-in-law Abdullah …

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