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Legal news from Tuesday, January 10, 2012

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled 8-1 [opinion, PDF] Tuesday in CompuCredit Corp. v. Greenwood [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that, because the Credit Repair Organizations Act (CROA) is silent on whether claims can proceed in an arbitrable forum, the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) [text] requires the arbitration agreement to be … [read more]

[JURIST] The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] on Monday seeking the release of videotapes of the interrogation of an inmate held at the Guantanamo Bay prison [JURIST news archive]. The CCR filed the lawsuit in the US District Court for the Southern District … [read more]

[JURIST] The Ankara 12th High Criminal Court accepted an indictment on Tuesday charging former Turkish president Kenan Evren [official website] with crimes against the state in relation to the 1980 coup. The ex-president was the head of the 1980 military coup that overthrew the existing government and ended the violence … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday in Minneci v. Pollard [SCOTUSblog backgrounder; JURIST report] that where state tort law authorizes adequate remedies for individuals harmed by private employees working at a federal facility, and where the private employees have no employment or contractual relationship with … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit [official website] on Tuesday unanimously upheld [opinion, PDF] a ruling blocking the implementation of an Oklahoma constitutional amendment [text, PDF] that would have prohibited state courts from considering Islamic and international law in deciding cases. Approved by approximately 70 percent … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] issued a ruling [opinion, PDF] on Tuesday in Gonzalez v. Thaler [SCOTUSblog backgrounder; JURIST report] interpreting two sections of the Anti-terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 (AEDPA) [materials] and holding that a judgment becomes final for the purposes of habeas corpus … [read more]

[JURIST] The Israeli Knesset [official website] Tuesday passed a bill that imposes harsher penalties on illegal migrants in Israel, as well as on Israelis who help illegal migrants. The bill amends the Prevention of Infiltration Law of 1954 [text], broadening the law to include not only individuals suspected of terrorism, … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] Tuesday issued an order warning Prime Minister Yousuf Reza Gilani [BBC profile] that continued failure to comply with court rulings could result in contempt of court proceedings or his removal from office [order, PDF]. The court said that Gilani has failed to … [read more]

[JURIST] Yemen's newly appointed Council of Ministers on Sunday approved a draft law [text, in Arabic] that would grant President Ali Abdullah Saleh [official website, in Arabic; JURIST news archive] immunity from any charges against him for alleged human rights violations from his time in office. The law also grants … [read more]

[JURIST] The Western Judicial Military Circuit Court at Camp Pendleton [official website] heard opening statements Monday in the trial of the US Marine squad leader allegedly responsible for the deaths of 24 Iraqi civilians in November 2005. Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] is charged [case materials] … [read more]

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