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Legal news from Monday, June 20, 2011
by Zach Zagger

The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and a coalition of other rights groups Friday rejected the changes announced by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to the criticized Secure Communities Program, a federal enforcement program that partners local law enforcement with federal immigration authorities. The groups claim Secure Communities undermines public safety, …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled in Borough of Duryea v. Guarnieri that state and local government employees may not sue their employers for retaliation under the Petition Clause of the First Amendment when they petition the government on matters of private concern. To …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled in Wal-Mart v. Dukes that a group of women seeking to recover damages from Wal-Mart failed to meet the requirements for class certification. The case, a Title VII gender discrimination class action lawsuit estimated to include more than 1.5 …

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by Zach Zagger

The US Supreme Court ruled Monday in American Electric Power Co. v. Connecticut that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Clean Air Act displace claims made under the federal common law of nuisance regarding whether electric utilities contributed to global warming [JURIST news …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled 5-4 in Turner v. Rogers that an indigent defendant does not have a constitutional right to counsel in civil contempt cases that might result in imprisonment. The court held, however, that this particular defendant's due process rights were violated because …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday announced that he would soon introduce reforms and present a new constitution, alleging that a conspiracy against Syria is ongoing. In a speech before citizens at Damascus University, al-Assad said he wanted citizen input with respect to a new constitution in the form of a national referendum. Al-Assad …

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by Zach Zagger

The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in four cases. In PPL Montana v. Montana [docket; cert. petition, PDF] the court will determine if the proper constitutional test for whether a river is navigable for title purposes requires a trial court to consider whether the river was considered navigable at …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

Liechtenstein citizens voted on Sunday in favor of a law that permits same-sex civil partnerships. The results of last week's referendum show that 68 percent of the voters supported the Civil Partnership Act. The Liechtensten Parliament unanimously approved the law on March 16, but opponents of the civil partnership …

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by Zach Zagger

The trial in absentia of former Tunisian president Zine Al Abidine Ben Ali began Monday, over charges ranging from murder and conspiracy to trafficking and drug use. Ben Ali fled Tunisia to Saudi Arabia in January during protests against his 23-year autocratic rule in which his family amassed huge wealth that many …

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