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Legal news from Tuesday, April 24, 2012
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians v. Patchak on US sovereign immunity in suits involving "trust or restricted Indian lands." David Patchak filed suit to prevent the Secretary of the Interior from holding land in trust for a Michigan Indian tribe. The …

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by Julia Zebley

US citizen and convicted terrorist Jose Padilla filed a petition for certiorari with the US Supreme Court on Monday, appealing the dismissal of his lawsuit against US officials for allegedly illegally detaining him at a military jail in South Carolina. Padilla's lawsuit claims nominal monetary redress against Secretary …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) has ruled that Title VII employment discrimination protections extend to transgender individuals. The decision came as a result of an employment discrimination complaint filed by the Transgender Law Center (TLC) on behalf of Mia Macy, a transgender woman who was denied a job as a ballistics technician …

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by Matthew Pomy

An initiative to repeal California's death penalty qualified Monday for the November ballot after receiving 500,000 signatures. If approved by voters, the Savings, Accountability, and Full Enforcement for California Act (SAFE California Act) would overhaul the death penalty system in California. It will not only change all death sentences to a sentence …

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by Julia Zebley

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in RadLAX Gateway Hotel, LLC v. Amalgamated Bank. The issue is whether a debtor may propose a Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan that sells unencumbered assets without allowing secured creditors to "credit bid," if they can provide the creditor with an indubitable equivalent of …

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by Matthew Pomy

The International Criminal Court (ICC) Office of the Prosecutor said Tuesday that they are monitoring the situation in Mali for potential crimes under the ICC's jurisdiction. The statement notes that Mali has ratified the Rome Statute giving the ICC jurisdiction to prosecute war crimes and crimes against humanity that may have occurred …

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by Jamie Reese

Egypt's ruling army on Tuesday approved a law drafted by the Egyptian Parliament which bans certain candidates from the upcoming presidential elections. The law was passed early in April and prevents anyone who held a rank of party leader or higher during the regime of former president Hosni Mubarak [Al Jazeera profile; …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Tuesday in Wood v. Milyard that federal courts of appeals, like district courts, have the authority—though not the obligation—to raise a forfeited timeliness defense on their own initiative in exceptional cases. The court had been asked to decide if the prosecution failing to raise a statute of …

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by Jamie Reese

The UN Office for the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR) on Monday welcomed a report published by the US Interagency Council on Homelessness (ICH) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) which found that ordinances criminalizing homelessness may violate human rights as well as the Fourth and Eighth Amendments. The …

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