Legal news from Monday, March 10, 2014
14:03 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] has established an International Commission of Inquiry [UN News Centre report] on the Central African Republic (CAR), tasked with examining reports of human rights violations, compiling information, and helping identify perpetrators. Bernard Acho Muna, the chairperson of the three-person inquiry and a former [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 8-1 Monday in Marvin M. Brandt Revocable Trust v. United States [SCOTUSblog backgrounder; JURIST op-ed] that a right of way granted under the General Railroad Right-of-Way Act of 1875 [Cornell LII backgrounder] is an easement which can be terminated by [read more]

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[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Monday accused Syrian president Bashar al-Assad's forces of committing war crimes [report, PDF] and crimes against humanity on Palestinian and Syrian civilians in Yarmouk, on the outskirts of Damascus. The report, entitled "Squeezing the Life Out of Yarmouk: War Crimes Against Besieged Civilians," [read more]

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[JURIST] The Supreme Court of the Maldives [official website] on Sunday dismissed the country's four top election commissioners, giving each a six-month jail sentence and three-year suspension for "disobeying orders." The commission members were tried [BBC report] after the passage of new rules that allowed the Supreme Court to initiate [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] granted certiorari [order list, PDF] Monday in Public Employees' Retirement System of Mississippi v. IndyMac MBS, Inc. [docket; cert. petition, PDF] to rule on the statute of limitations in class action suits. In American Pipe & Construction Co. v. Utah (1974) [opinion] the [read more]

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