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Legal news from Monday, June 3, 2013
by G. Redd

Ali Kosheib, former militia leader turned officer of the Sudan Central Reserve Police, was spotted in an attack against Salamat communities in Central Darfur in April, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday. Kosheib, also known as Ali Mohammed Ali, faces a 2007 arrest warrant from the International …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court ruled Monday in Hillman v. Maretta that a Virginia law insurance beneficiary law is preempted by the Federal Employees Group Life Insurance Act of 1954 (FEGLIA). Jacqueline Hillman was widowed by her husband, Warren Hillman. Warren's ex-wife, Judy Maretta, was designated the beneficiary for his FEGLIA proceeds. Hillman …

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by G. Redd

The bench trial of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning started Monday at Forte Meade, Maryland, nearly three years after his initial arrest. Manning faces a variety of charges related to his release of thousands of classified military documents that were later published on Wikileaks. The most serious charge is that of aiding …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday in Maryland v. King 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 after state officials used his DNA to implicate him in a …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court granted certiorari 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 Lanham Act is (1) the factors set …

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