Legal news from Monday, June 20, 2011

[JURIST] The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) [advocacy website] and a coalition of other rights groups Friday rejected [press release] the changes announced by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) [official website] to the criticized Secure Communities Program [materials], a federal enforcement program that partners local law enforcement with federal … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] in Borough of Duryea v. Guarnieri [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that state and local government employees may not sue their employers for retaliation under the Petition Clause [FAC backgrounder] of the First Amendment when … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] in Wal-Mart v. Dukes [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] 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 [text] gender … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website, JURIST news archive] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday in American Electric Power Co. v. Connecticut [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] and the Clean Air Act [text] displace claims made under the federal common law of nuisance … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 in Turner v. Rogers [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] 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, … [read more]

[JURIST] Syrian President Bashar al-Assad [Al Jazeera profile] on Monday announced that he would soon introduce reforms and present a new constitution [press release], 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 … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] 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 … [read more]

[JURIST] 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 [AFP report] the Civil Partnership Act. The Liechtensten Parliament [official website, in German] unanimously approved the law [Vaterland report, in … [read more]

[JURIST] The trial in absentia of former Tunisian president Zine Al Abidine Ben Ali [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] 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 … [read more]

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