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Legal news from Tuesday, April 24, 2012

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Tuesday in Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians v. Patchak [transcript, PDF; JURIST report] on US sovereign immunity in suits involving "trust or restricted Indian lands." David Patchak filed suit to prevent the Secretary of the Interior from … [read more]

[JURIST] US citizen and convicted terrorist Jose Padilla [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] filed a petition for certiorari [text, PDF] with the US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday, appealing the dismissal [JURIST report] of his lawsuit against US officials for allegedly illegally detaining him at a military jail in … [read more]

[JURIST] The Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) [official website] has ruled [decision] that Title VII [text] 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) [advocacy website] on behalf of Mia Macy, a transgender … [read more]

[JURIST] An initiative [text, PDF] to repeal California's death penalty [JURIST news archive] 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) [advocacy website] would overhaul the death penalty system in California. It … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Monday in RadLAX Gateway Hotel, LLC v. Amalgamated Bank [transcript; JURIST report]. 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 … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Office of the Prosecutor said Tuesday that they are monitoring the situation [text] in Mali [JURIST news archive] for potential crimes under the ICC's jurisdiction. The statement notes that Mali has ratified the Rome Statute [text] giving the ICC jurisdiction to prosecute … [read more]

[JURIST] Egypt's ruling army on Tuesday approved a law drafted by the Egyptian Parliament [official website] which bans certain candidates from the upcoming presidential elections [IFES election guide]. The law was passed early in April [JURIST report] and prevents anyone who held a rank of party leader or higher during … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled unanimously [opinion, PDF] Tuesday in Wood v. Milyard [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] 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 … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Office for the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Monday welcomed [press release] a report [text, PDF] published by the US Interagency Council on Homelessness (ICH) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) [official websites] which found that ordinances criminalizing homelessness may violate human rights … [read more]

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