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Legal news from Monday, June 11, 2012

[JURIST] A judge for the Middlesex Superior Court in Massachusetts on Friday rejected a challenge [opinion, PDF] raised by public school children and their parents challenging the inclusion of the phrase "under God" in the US Pledge of Allegiance. In her decision, Judge S Jane Haggerty ruled that the inclusion … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] expressed his concern on Friday that the plaintiffs may not have sufficient evidence to proceed with their gender discrimination case against Wal-Mart. Although they filed [JURIST report] an amended lawsuit [complaint, PDF] in Wal-Mart … [read more]

[JURIST] The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) [official website] released [press release] on Monday the Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report [text] documenting that the overall rate of violent crimes has decreased throughout the nation. The report was compiled from information gathered from around 14,000 law enforcement agencies for both 2010 … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Crimes Tribunal in Bangladesh (ICTB) [Facebook page] on Monday indicted [BSS report] former Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader Abdul Alim on 17 counts of crimes against humanity, making him the seventh high-profile leader to be indicted, Bangladesh's national news agency reported. Alim and other participants in the … [read more]

[JURIST] Victims of alleged torture and international law violations that took place overseas filed their supplemental brief [text, PDF] to the US Supreme Court [official website] Monday arguing that the Alien Tort Statute of 1789 (ATS) [text] is not limited to torts that occur in the US. The brief argues … [read more]

[JURIST] The United Arab Emirates (UAE) [official website; JURIST news archive] plans to adopt a new anti-corruption law to comply with the UN Convention against Corruption [text, PDF]. The new plan will be created by the state's Audit Bureau which is the sole authority for fighting corruption and has the … [read more]

[JURIST] The four International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] staff members who are being held in Libya will remain in "preventative" detention for 45 days while an investigation is conducted, a anonymous judicial source told AFP [report] on Monday. The four ICC detainees traveled to Libya Wednesday to meet with … [read more]

[JURIST] Both sides in the case of former Kenyan minister William Ruto and journalist Joshua Arap Sang [case materials] announced on Monday that the trial will start next March before the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] despite the election during the same month. Ruto is considered a leading candidate … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday denied certiorari [order list, PDF] in seven different cases dealing with Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] detainees. The court's refusal to hear the cases preserves the decisions of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, including the case … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] on Monday began reviewing the case of Mohammed Momin Khawaja [CBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The review will mainly focus on the constitutionality of the term "terrorist activity" in the Anti-Terrorism Act [text; CBC backgrounder]. The defense lawyer argued that the motive … [read more]

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida (ACLU-FL) [advocacy website] announced Friday that it has filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF; press release] seeking to end Florida's controversial purging of voter rolls. The ACLU-FL contends that Florida's policy of purging voter rolls violates federal law, discriminates against racial minorities, and … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday ruled 6-3 [opinion, PDF] that the Civil Service Reform Act (CSRA) [text] provides the exclusive form of judicial review for employment grievances of qualifying federal employees. In Elgin v. Department of Treasury [SCOTUSblog backgrounder], Michael Elgin and several other former federal … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] granted certiorari [order list, PDF] Monday in Evans v. Michigan [docket; cert. petition, PDF] to determine whether the double jeopardy clause [Cornell LII backgrounder] bars retrial after the trial judge erroneously holds a particular fact to be an element of the offense and … [read more]

[JURIST] Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic [ICTY case summary, PDF; JURIST news archive] on Monday asked the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] to dismiss the charges against him for lack of evidence. The prosecution finished presenting its case [AP report] last month, and Karadzic … [read more]

[JURIST] The State Council Information Office (SCIO) [official website, in Chinese] on Monday published [official press release] its second National Human Rights Action Plan [text]. The plan succeeds a previous plan [text; JURIST report] covering 2009-2010 period and will address human rights protection work from 2012-2015. The plan indicated that … [read more]

[JURIST] Google [corporate website] has reached a settlement with a group of French authors, ending a lawsuit challenging its book-scanning initiative [Google Books search website], which displayed scanned images of select pages of books, according to a joint statement [text, PDF, in French]. The Societe des Gens de Lettres (SGDL) … [read more]

[JURIST] More than 1,300 people filed a criminal complaint on Monday against Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) [corporate website] for causing the March 2011 disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant [IAEA backgrounder] and for the plaintiffs' resulting radiation. The complaint named [BBC report] as defendants Tsunehisa Katsumata, the chairman … [read more]

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