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Legal news from Tuesday, October 15, 2013

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] in three cases Tuesday, including an affirmative action case and a case on suing foreign corporations in US courts. In Daimler AG v. Bauman [transcript, PDF; JURIST report] the court heard arguments on "whether it violates due … [read more]

[JURIST] Buncombe County Register of Deeds [official website] Drew Reisinger, in Asheville, North Carolina, announced [press release] Monday he will begin accepting marriage license applications from same-sex couples and requested review of the decision from North Carolina's Attorney General [official website]. Attorney General Roy Cooper [official profile] has stated that … [read more]

[JURIST] Suspected terrorist Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai appeared in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Tuesday to plead not guilty to charges that he helped plan and conduct surveillance for the bombings of US embassies in Africa in 1998. Since his arrest [JURIST … [read more]

[JURIST] Former Liberian president Charles Taylor [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] was transferred [press release] on Tuesday from The Hague to a British prison, where he will serve his 50-year sentence for war crimes. Taylor has been convicted of aiding rebels who committed atrocities, including terrorism, rape and murder, during … [read more]

[JURIST] The National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] has been collecting contact lists from personal e-mail and instant messaging programs around the world in an attempt to combat terrorism or other criminal activity, according a Washington Post report [text] Monday. The information about the collection came from senior intelligence officials … [read more]

[JURIST] Civil rights groups on Monday requested that the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] renew its investigation into the 1985 bombing of a California office building that killed Palestinian-American civil rights leader Alex Odeh. An online petition [text], which now has approximately 10,000 signatures, was created by the … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] agreed [order list, PDF] Tuesday to rule on the federal government's power to regulate certain greenhouse gases. The court granted petitions for certiorari in six related cases, consolidating them and limiting the grant to the following question: "Whether EPA permissibly determined that its … [read more]

[JURIST] A UN-backed report [text, PDF] released Monday warned that victims of human trafficking [JURIST news archive] in South-East Asia are not given adequate help for reintegration into their communities. Reintegration of human trafficking victims involves many steps following an individual's exit from trafficking, but begins with identifying the trafficked … [read more]

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