Legal news from Monday, March 24, 2014

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Monday on individual retirement accounts (IRAs) and their interaction with bankruptcy. In Clark v. Rameker [transcript, PDF] the court will decide whether an inherited individual retirement account is exempt from a debtor's bankruptcy estate under Section 522 … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday declined to review [case docket] the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit [official website] decision regarding Delaware's state-funded arbitration for business disputes. The lower court held [JURIST report] that the provision that allows confidential judge-run arbitration hearings violates the … [read more]

[JURIST] Richard Falk [Al Jazeera profile], the UN Special Rapporteur on Palestinian human rights, on Friday called on [press release] the International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] to assess the legal status of Israel's prolonged occupation of Palestine. Falk accuses Israel of engaging in colonialism, apartheid and ethnic cleansing … [read more]

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Monday sentenced 529 supporters of deposed president Mohammed Morsi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to death on charges of killing and attacking policemen in one of the largest mass trials to be held in the country in decades. The verdicts, which came after only two … [read more]

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Monday said that Chinese authorities must put an end to the persecution of those remembering victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] crackdown as its twenty-fifth anniversary nears. AI also called for the unconditional release of Gu Yimin, who … [read more]

[JURIST] A Cairo court on Sunday ordered the release on bail of blogger and activist, Alaa Abdel Fattah, who was imprisoned by Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) in October 2011 for violating Egypt's controversial protest law and refusing to answer prosecutors' questions. The SCAF accuses [NPR report] … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in a dispute concerning the proper procedures a criminal defendant must adhere to in a federal habeas corpus petition. On appeal from the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website], the habeas petitioner … [read more]

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