Legal news from Tuesday, November 5, 2013

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Tuesday in three cases. In Bond v. United States [transcript, PDF; JURIST op-ed] the court heard arguments on whether there are limits to Congress' authority to intrude on local and state programs with a valid international treaty. … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday in Burt v. Titlow [SCOTUSblog] that the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website] did not apply an appropriate standard of review when it ruled [opinion] that counsel was ineffective. Justice Samuel Alito wrote the opinion, … [read more]

[JURIST] A Bangladeshi court sentenced 152 former members of a paramilitary border security force, the 13th Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) [official website] Battalion, to death on Tuesday in connection with their participation in a February 2009 mutiny [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] in which 74 people died, including 57 top political … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Tuesday upheld [opinion, PDF] the dismissal of shareholders' lawsuit against Freddie Mac [corporate website] alleging the company misled investors by understating its sub-prime mortgage exposure and overstating its capital strength. The US District Court for the Southern … [read more]

[JURIST] Turkey was ordered by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] to pay €20,000 (USD $27,000) in damages to Mesut Deniz for his torture at the hands of police in a judgment [text] released Tuesday. Deniz, a 38-year-old Turkish National, was arrested in October 1999 and is … [read more]

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] called on Spanish authorities Tuesday to address the legacy of Franco era disappearances [press release], calling the failure to do so a "betrayal of justice." AI submitted a report [text] to the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances, claiming that the proposed reforms to Spain's … [read more]

[JURIST] A lawsuit [petition, PDF] filed on Monday in the second judicial district court of Minnesota [official website] alleges that Secretary of State Mark Ritchie [official website] acted beyond his authority with the establishment of an online voter registration system in September. The petition was filed by a pair … [read more]

[JURIST] Right to Life of Michigan [advocacy website] filed a federal lawsuit [complaint, PDF] in the US District Court in the Western District of Michigan [official website] on Monday over provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) [text; JURIST backgrounder] that require insurance companies to provide sterilization, … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Senate [official website] on Monday voted 61-30 to move forward with the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) [text], which prohibits employers from discriminating against workers on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. As federal law currently stands, employers are only prohibited from discriminating … [read more]

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official website] said [C-SPAN video clip] at an unrelated press conference on Monday that the slow pace of the trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], the alleged mastermind behind 9/11, would have been avoided had he been tried before a … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Working Group on the use of mercenaries [official website] on Monday urged [press release] governments to implement a binding international agreement to regulate the activities of private military and security companies (PMSCs). The working group found that current national legislation insufficiently addresses PMSC activities, due to inadequacies … [read more]

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