Legal news from Wednesday, February 27, 2013

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Wednesday in Shelby County v Holder [transcript, PDF; JURIST report] to determine whether Congress exceeded its authority when it renewed Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 [Cornell LII backgrounder]. Section 5 requires jurisdictions with … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Wednesday decided [opinion, PDF] in Amgen, Inc. v. Connecticut Retirement Plans and Trust Funds [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] to permit a class action lawsuit by shareholders against Amgen [corporate website], a biotechnology company. The court ruled that plaintiffs did not have to prove the … [read more]

[JURIST] Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto [official website, in Spanish; BBC profile] on Monday signed into law the country's most expansive education reforms in seven decades. In a deal reached by Nieto's Institutional Revolutionary Party (IRP) [party website] and two opposition parties, the reforms will attempt to create a new … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur for human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories Richard Falk called Wednesday on the international community to investigate the death [press release] of Palestinian Prisoner Arafat Jaradat. Jaradat died while in interrogations at an Israeli facility. Initially, Israel claimed the cause of death was a … [read more]

[JURIST] Businesses, cities, and other organizations filed two amicus curiae briefs with the US Supreme Court [official website] Tuesday in support of same-sex marriage [JURIST backgrounder]. The groups urged the court to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) [brief, PDF] in US v. Windsor [docket] and Proposition 8 … [read more]

[JURIST] Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe [official website] on Tuesday vetoed [press release] the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act [HB 1037, PDF] which would have banned all abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy except in cases of rape, incest or to save the mother's life. The bill was approved by … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that the US-based anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) [advocacy website] are modern-day pirates, clearing the path for Japanese whalers to pursue legal action against them. The decision overturns a lower court ruling … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 Tuesday in Clapper v. Amnesty International [JURIST report] that a coalition of attorneys, journalists and rights organizations do not have Article III [Cornell LII backgrounder] standing to contest Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) [50 USC … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 7-2 Tuesday in Marx v. General Revenue Corp. [JURIST report] that Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 54(d)(1) allows fees to be awarded in Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) [PDF; 15 USC § 1692k(a)(3) text] even if the suit was … [read more]

[JURIST] The Bahrain Higher Criminal Court on Tuesday acquitted two police officers in the shooting death of a Shiite protester during the nation's pro-democracy protests in Manama that began in February 2011. Bahraini lawyer Mohammed al-Jishi [twitter account, in Arabic] who represented the protester's family, said the Bahrain court concluded … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] in two cases [JURIST report] on Tuesday. In Maryland v. King [transcript, PDF] the court heard arguments on whether the Fourth Amendment [text] permits states to collect DNA samples from individuals charged with serious crimes, as allowed … [read more]

[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda [official profile] on Tuesday agreed to delay the trial of four Kenyans accused of committing crimes against humanity. Kenyan presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta [case materials], who is one of the four men charged, asked the ICC earlier this month … [read more]

[JURIST] US Army Colonel Denise Lind, who is presiding over the prosecution of Bradley Manning [advocacy website; JURIST news archive], on Tuesday dismissed a defense motion [text] arguing that Manning should be released based on a lack of a speedy trial. Lind indicated [Reuters report] that Manning had been arraigned … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] that a lower court was correct in blocking a Florida law [Executive Order 11-58, PDF] that had required welfare applicants to pass a drug test before receiving benefits. The US District Court for … [read more]

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