Legal news from Tuesday, May 22, 2012
14:05 EDT

[JURIST] Former Libyan chief of intelligence Abdullah al-Senussi will face charges of illegally entering the country of Mauritania [Reuters report], an anonymous source told Reuters on Monday. Al-Senussi, who served under Muammar Gaddafi, was arrested [JURIST report] in Mauritania in March. A trial in the country will delay other international [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Tuesday convicted five police officers in absentia for the death of protesters last year and sentenced each to 10 years in prison. The men were charged with killing protesters during the 2011 revolution. The conviction was a victory for victims' families who have seen many [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Tuesday rejected [opinion, PDF] a challenge to a $3.4 billion settlement [agreement, PDF] in the American Indian trust [class website; JURIST news archive] class-action lawsuit. Judge Thomas Hogan of the US District Court for the [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [judgment] Tuesday that member states have broad discretion in deciding which prisoners should get the right to vote, giving the UK six months to propose amendments to its laws. In the present case [press release, PDF], the court found [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) [official websites] do not have to release records pertaining to CIA detention and interrogation programs for prisoners in US custody overseas. [read more]

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[JURIST] Malaysian opposition leader and former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim [personal profile; JURIST news archive] was charged Tuesday along with two colleagues for violating a government protest ban. They face charges for violating the recently passed Peaceful Assembly Act [text, PDF] by participating in a large-scale demonstration last month [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday denied certiorari [order list, PDF] in Tenenbaum v. Song BMG Music, et al., an appeal by a student who was fined $675,000 by a jury for illegally downloading and sharing 30 songs on the Internet. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday ruled 6-3 [opinion, PDF] in Taniguchi v. Kan Pacific Saipan, Ltd. [SCOTUS blog backgrounder] that the cost of translating documents cannot be awarded to the winning party in federal court under 28 USC § 1920(6) [text]. Although it had been common [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled unanimously [opinion, PDF] Monday in Astrue v. Capato [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that children conceived by in vitro fertilization (IVF) [Medline backgrounder] after a parent's death are not entitled to that parent's social security benefits. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg announced the decision, which agreed [read more]

07:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled unanimously [opinion, PDF] Monday in Holder v. Gutierrez [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that an alien must individually satisfy the requirements of 8 USC § 1229b(a) rather than it being imputed on them by a parent. Justice Elena Kagan delivered the opinion of the court, [read more]

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