Legal news from Monday, June 3, 2013

[JURIST] Ali Kosheib, former militia leader turned officer of the Sudan [BBC backgrounder] Central Reserve Police, was spotted in an attack [HRW press release] against Salamat communities in Central Darfur [JURIST news archive] in April, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Monday. Kosheib, also known as Ali … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday in Hillman v. Maretta [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that a Virginia law insurance beneficiary law is preempted by the Federal Employees Group Life Insurance Act of 1954 (FEGLIA) [text]. Jacqueline Hillman was widowed by her husband, Warren Hillman. Warren's ex-wife, Judy … [read more]

[JURIST] The bench trial of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] started Monday at Forte Meade, Maryland, nearly three years after his initial arrest [JURIST report]. Manning faces a variety of charges related to his release of thousands of classified military documents that were later published on … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 Monday in Maryland v. King [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that police may collect DNA samples from individuals arrested and charged with serious crimes. The respondent in the case, Alonzo King, challenged the validity of Maryland's DNA Collection Act [text, PDF] after … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] granted certiorari [order list, PDF] Monday in two cases. In Lexmark International, v. Static Control Components [docket; cert. petition, PDF] the court will determine whether the appropriate analytic framework for determining a party's standing to maintain an action for false advertising under the … [read more]

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