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Legal news from Tuesday, January 17, 2012

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Tuesday in two cases. In United States v. Home Concrete & Supply LLC [transcript, PDF; JURIST report] the court heard arguments on what can activate an "extended six-year assessment" period for taxes. The case questions if an … [read more]

[JURIST] European Commission [official website] President Jose Manuel Barroso [official website] announced Tuesday that the Commission will legally challenge [press release] three Hungarian laws. The laws, passed last month in conjunction with Hungary's new constitution, are viewed by Barroso and the Commission as violations of EU law. First, the Commission … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) transferred prosecution materials [press release] to the Rwandan government [official websites] on Monday for the first time with respect to a case stemming from the 1994 Rwandan genocide [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The transfer was announced at a press conference by … [read more]

[JURIST] The trial of Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzon [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], accused of ordering illegal wiretaps in jailhouses, began on Tuesday before a seven-judge panel of the Spanish Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish]. The court announced in October that Garzon would stand trial on the charges after … [read more]

[JURIST] An Algerian court on Monday sentenced former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Abdul Aziz Naji [NYT profile] to three years in prison for his participation in a foreign extremist group affiliated with al Qaeda. The sentence was less than the 10 years in prison and USD $6,330 fine … [read more]

[JURIST] A French judge has requested access to information from Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] in order to investigate allegations of torture being made by three French citizens. Judge Sophie Clement requested access to documents, as well as access to individuals who had contact with the men during their arrest and … [read more]

[JURIST] The Maldives military Monday arrested the chief justice of the nation's criminal court after he released a detained opposition leader. Judge Abdulla Mohamed was arrested for corruption [WP report] in an unprecedented move by the military that has sparked street protests and prompted all the country's courts to boycott … [read more]

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] Tuesday blocked the deportation [judgment; press release] of a Muslim cleric from the UK to Jordan. Abu Qatada is a Palestinian-Jordanian Islamic scholar who fled the Middle East under persecution to London in 1993, where he was granted political asylum. … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] granted certiorari [order list, PDF] Friday in US v. Bormes [docket; cert. petition, PDF] to determine whether the federal government has sovereign immunity for damages arising from the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) [text, PDF]. The US Court of Appeals for the Federal … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Monday called on [report, PDF] Egypt's newly elected parliament to pursue an agenda to reform nine areas of Egyptian law [press release] that impede freedom and restrict rights. Some of the reforms urged include ending the state of emergency, reforming police law … [read more]

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