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Legal news from Monday, June 6, 2011
by Zach Zagger

International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) prosecutor Serge Brammertz said that the arrest of accused Serbian war criminal Ratko Mladic was "significant on many levels" but questioned why it took Serbia nearly 16 years, in a speech to the UN Security Council. Brammertz …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The US Supreme Court on Monday denied certiorari in Martinez v. Regents of the University of California, thereby rejecting a challenge to California's policy of granting in-state tuition for state colleges and universities to illegal immigrants who graduated from California high schools. Last year, the California Supreme Court …

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by Zach Zagger

The Nigeria Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arrested outgoing speaker of the House of Representatives Dimeji Bankole Sunday on allegations of fraud. He is believed to have secured a USD $ 66 million loan on top of his normal salary. He was arrested in his home in Abuja after …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida on Friday permitted lawsuits against Chiquita Brand International to move forward. Family members of several thousand victims of paramilitary violence in Colombia filed suit in April 2010 against Chiquita Brand International, which has admitted to funding …

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by Zach Zagger

Malaysian opposition leader and former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim failed a third time Monday to remove the judge in his sodomy case. The charges against Anwar allege that he sodomized a former male political aide. Anwar argued that Judge Zabidin Mohamad Diah had convicted him before he had a chance to …

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by Zach Zagger

The US Supreme Court ruled Monday in Board of Trustees of Stanford University v. Roche Molecular Systems that federal law does not automatically vest title of inventions from federally funded research in the university through which the research is being conducted. The 7-2 opinion written by Chief Justice John …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The US Supreme Court unanimously ruled on Monday in Erica P John Fund v. Halliburton that, though a party to a private securities fraud action must demonstrate that the defendant';s misrepresentation caused economic loss, securities fraud plaintiffs do not need to prove loss causation for class certification. …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The US Supreme Court unanimously ruled on Monday in McNeill v. United States that a federal sentencing court must determine whether "an offense under State law" is a "serious drug offense" under the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA) [18 USC § 924] by consulting the "maximum term …

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by Zach Zagger

The US Supreme Court Monday granted certiorari in two cases. In Martinez v. Ryan [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the court will decide whether a defendant has a right to effective assistance of counsel in the first post-conviction appeal at which the defendant could raise a claim of ineffective assistance of counsel …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The US Supreme Court unanimously ruled on Monday in Fox v. Vice that it is improper to award defendants the full amount of attorney's fees incurred while defending non-frivolous claims along with a frivolous claim. 42 USC § 1988 permits courts to award defendants attorney's fees …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

A Bahrain court on Monday arraigned 47 doctors and nurses on charges of trying to overthrow the government and participating in illegal demonstrations when they helped treat injured protesters. The doctors and nurses were stationed primarily at the Salmaniya Medical Complex, a state-run center in Bahrain's capital, Manama, when protests calling for democratic change erupted …

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