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Legal news from Monday, January 27, 2014

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday in Burrage v. US [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] to relax sentencing guidelines for drug dealers. Marcus Burrage was convicted of distribution of heroin causing death under 21 USC § 841 [text], and he appealed by challenging the causation instruction the courts … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website], the UN's highest court, issued a ruling [opinion, PDF] establishing a new maritime boundary between Peru and Chile [BBC backgrounders] on Monday. The ICJ granted [press release, PDF] Peru some parts of the Pacific Ocean formerly controlled by Chile but left … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers [official profile] on Monday urged [press release] Qatar [BBC backgrounder] to consolidate its justice system and address its shortcomings. Gbrelia Knaul, the current Special Rapporteur, praised Qatar's achievements over the past decade in establishing an independent judiciary, but … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously to overturn a defamation judgment in Air Wisconsin Airlines Corp. v. Hoeper [docket], in which a pilot sued the airline for reporting him as a security threat and calling him "mentally unstable." At issue in this case … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday in Sandifer v. US Steel Corp. [SCOTUS Blog backgrounder] that employees are not entitled to compensation under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) [text, PDF] for time spent changing in and out of protective gear. The FLSA governs minimum … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website] on Monday warned [press release] that the renewed clashes of anti-Balaka and ex-Seleka mark a critical time for Central African Republic (CAR) [JURIST news archive]. Ex-Seleka groups are supported by armed Muslim civilians, while anti-Balaka are backed by former … [read more]

[JURIST] Tunisia's Parliament [official website, in Arabic] on Sunday passed a new constitution, its first since the ousting of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] in January 2011. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] commended [UN News Centre report] the country's democratic transition, stating his … [read more]

[JURIST] The children of convicted murderer Dennis McGuire filed a lawsuit on Friday in the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio [official website] over the method used in McGuire's 26-minute long execution, which they say amounted to cruel and unusual punishment. McGuire, who was convicted [AP report] … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Friday issued an order [order, PDF] enjoining the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) [official website] from requiring that the Little Sisters, a Roman Catholic order, fill out a formal government document in order to secure exemption from the Patient … [read more]

[JURIST] Anti-government protesters on Sunday seized and occupied the Ukrainian Ministry of Justice building in Kiev and did not disperse until a government minister threatened to initiate a state of emergency Monday morning. The Ukrainian civic group Spilna Sprava, translated as "Common Cause," has reportedly claimed responsibility [RT report] for … [read more]

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