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Legal news from Thursday, June 16, 2011

[JURIST] The governments of Mexico and several other countries, along with the Anti-Defamation League [advocacy website] filed amicus briefs on Thursday in support of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] class action lawsuit [JURIST report] against Georgia's new immigration law [HB 87 text]. Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] filed a notice of appeal [text, PDF] Thursday in the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] to challenge a decision to strike down a federal law that bans corporations from making direct campaign contributions to candidates. The … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday unanimously reversed [opinion, PDF] the lower court in Smith v. Bayer Corp. [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report], allowing a class action lawsuit against the company to proceed. The Court held that under the re-litigation exception of the Anti-Injunction Act [28 USC … [read more]

[JURIST] The Ivory Coast on Wednesday announced it would establish a commission to investigate alleged crimes committed as a result of the disputed presidential elections last November. Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara [BBC profile] vowed to probe human rights violations [AFP report] and violence that has riddled the nation since … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] Thursday ruled in Bond v. United States [Cornell LII Backgrounder; oral arguments transcript; JURIST report] that a private individual can challenge whether a federal criminal law passed to implement an international treaty is valid under the Tenth Amendment [text]. Carol … [read more]

[JURIST] Alabama Governor Robert Bentley [official website] on Wednesday signed into law [press release] a bill [HB 18 text, PDF] that bans abortions [JURIST news archive] after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The bill contains no exceptions for cases of rape or incest, but permits an abortion if necessary to prevent … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday ruled [opinion, PDF] 7-2 in Davis v. United States [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that when the law for what constitutes a legal search changes between a search and an accompanying trial, the evidence is not excluded. Justice Samuel Alito's opinion … [read more]

[JURIST] The New Hampshire Supreme Court [official website] ruled in an advisory opinion [text, PDF] on Wednesday that the legislature cannot force Attorney General Michael Delaney [official website] to join a lawsuit contesting the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) [text; JURIST news archive]. The New Hampshire Senate [official … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Thursday ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 in JDB v. North Carolina [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that a court should consider a juvenile's age when determining whether the individual is in custody for purposes of the Miranda warning as set … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website, JURIST news archive] Thursday ruled [opinion, PDF] in Tapia v. United States [Cornell LII Backgrounder] that a federal sentencing law does not permit sentencing judges to impose or lengthen prison terms for the purpose of fostering the defendant's rehabilitation. Alejandra Tapia was convicted … [read more]

[JURIST] Indonesian cleric Abu Bakar Bashir [JURIST news archive] was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in prison for his involvement with a terrorist training camp in the Indonesian province of Aceh to prepare Islamic radicals to carry out attacks in Jakarta. Prosecutors said Bashir provided more than $62,000 to the … [read more]

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] released a report [text] to Congress late on Wednesday, justifying the continued air strikes on Libya despite presumptive violation of the 1973 War Powers Resolution [50 USC § 1541 et seq.]. The report, "United States Activities in Libya," was released in response to … [read more]

[JURIST] Ten Wisconsin unions on Wednesday filed [press release] a lawsuit in federal court challenging the state's new collective bargaining law. The lawsuit, which was filed in the US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin [official website], alleges that the Budget Repair Bill [Senate Bill 11 text, PDF] … [read more]

[JURIST] The New York State Assembly [official website] passed a bill [A08354 text, materials] to legalize same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive] Wednesday, but the fate of the bill is uncertain as it moves to the State Senate [official website]. The Assembly passed [press release] the Marriage Equality Act, drafted by … [read more]

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