Legal news from Monday, June 10, 2013

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 Monday in Peugh v. United States [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that there is an ex post facto [Cornell LII backgrounder] violation when a defendant is sentenced under US Sentencing Guidelines [materials] promulgated after he committed his criminal acts and the new … [read more]

[JURIST] Several US lawmakers called Sunday for a review of the government's surveillance activity in light of recent reports revealing phone and Internet monitoring. Lawmakers have also called for a criminal investigation into the activities of Edward Snowden, who came forward [Guardian report] on Sunday as the whistleblower in the … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously Monday in Oxford Health Plans LLC v. Sutter [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that an arbitrator did not exceed his powers under §10(a)(4) of the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) [text] when he found that the parties' contract provided for class arbitration. Respondent … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously Monday in Horne v. Department of Agriculture [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has jurisdiction to review petitioners' takings claim. The Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937 (AMAA) and the California Raisin Marketing … [read more]

[JURIST] Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai [official website] demanded Saturday that all prisoners of war held by UK forces at Bagram Airfield [official website] be released into Afghan custody. The estimated number of detainees is more than 80. Karzai's spokesperson, Aimal Faizi, confirmed [press release] that Karzai instructed National Security Advisor … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in BG Group PLC v. Republic of Argentina [docket; cert. petition, PDF] to decide whether a court or the arbitrator determines if a precondition to arbitration has been satisfied in disputes involving a multi-staged dispute resolution … [read more]

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