Legal news from Wednesday, January 18, 2012

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday in Maples v. Thomas [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that death row inmate Cory Maples sufficiently established cause excusing the procedural default rule when his attorney left his law firm causing Maples to miss a filing deadline. Maples' attorney argued that he … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday declined to review [order list, PDF] a case concerning whether a county board of commissioners in North Carolina violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment [text] by opening their public meetings with prayers. In Joyner v. Forsyth County, decided last … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday in Golan v. Holder [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that Congress has the authority under the Copyright Act [text] to restore copyright protection in foreign works where the work was never registered in the US and the full copyright term has expired. … [read more]

[JURIST] The chairman of the UKDetainee Inquiry [official website] said Wednesday that his panel will not complete their investigation [statement] into torture allegations against British intelligence agents. In his statement, Judge Peter Gibson said that the Secretary of State for Justice chose to conclude the investigation "in view of further … [read more]

[JURIST] The new policy that allows government officials to monitor Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] prisoners' mail dominated the opening day of pretrial hearings for Guantanamo inmate and alleged USS Cole bomber Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri [NYT profile; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday. The new policy allows members of a privileged review … [read more]

[JURIST] The Ethiopian government's relocation of thousands of indigenous people from the western Gambella region has resulted in possible human rights violations, according to a report [text] released Wednesday by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website]. The Gambella relocations, which occurred last year, are part of a planned resettlement of … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled unanimously [opinion, PDF] Wednesday in Mims v. Arrow Financial Services LLC [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that the Telephone Consumer Protection Act [FCC summary, PDF] does not deprive the federal district courts of their federal question jurisdiction [28 USC § 1331 text] over private actions … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] ruled on Tuesday that Madoff trustee Irving Picard cannot appeal [opinion, PDF] a ruling that threw out most of his $1 billion suit against the New York Mets. In the ruling Judge Jed … [read more]

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