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Legal news from Monday, March 3, 2014

[JURIST] Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, the son-in-law of Osama Bin-Laden [JURIST news archives], went on trial Monday in New York for his role in the 9/11 attacks. Judge Lewis Kaplan of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] instructed Abu Ghaith to face prospective jurors, … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday denied review [order list, PDF] of two cases involving local ordinances that sought to deny housing to undocumented immigrants. The court's denial will will let stand lower court rulings that the ordinances are unconstitutional and prohibited from taking effect in their … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Monday on the legal standard for assessing whether an individual is mentally retarded in order to determine that person's eligibility for the death penalty. In Hall v. Florida [transcript, PDF; JURIST report] the court will decide "whether … [read more]

[JURIST] Five veterans of the Vietnam War filed a class action lawsuit on Monday in the US District Court for the District of Connecticut [official website] accusing the military of failing to upgrade the discharges of veterans who developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The complaint [text, PDF], which names the … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of California [official website] ruled Friday that two state laws are unconstitutional because they alter the sentences of crimes that were committed before the laws came into effect. Marsy's Law [text], otherwise known as the "Victims' Bill of … [read more]

[JURIST] A gun and suicide bomb attack on Monday on a court complex in Islamabad, Pakistan, left 11 people dead and 25 injured. Additional Sessions Judge Rafaqat Awan, senior advocate Rao Abdul Rashid, advocate Tanveer Ahmend Shah, and several other members of court staff were among those killed in the … [read more]

[JURIST] Croatia said Monday at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] that acts of violence committed by Serbia in the 1990s constituted genocide [application, PDF] under the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide [text]. The Convention was breached, Croatia argues [AP report], … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in five cases slated for argument during the October 2014 term. In Integrity Staffing Solutions v. Busk [SCOTUSblog backgrounder], the court will address whether time spent passing through post-work security screenings is compensable in the form … [read more]

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