US Legal News Round Up for Saturday, 11 November 2017 News
US Legal News Round Up for Saturday, 11 November 2017

Here’s the domestic legal news we covered this week:

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] announced [press release] Thursday that it has begun distributing compensation to victims of Bernie L.
The legal world is a busy place.
A federal judge, on Thursday signed a settlement agreement [text] ending a land dispute between private citizens and Texas officials against the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) [official website] over territory on the Red River.
The US State Department announced [press release] Wednesday that it will end the Central American Minors (CAM) refugee program, an Obama-era immigration initiative that sought to resettle “children and eligible family members who are nationals of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.”

CAM was established as a response to the thousands of unaccompanied minors fleeing violence in Central American countries in order to seek asylum in the US.

Texas officials on Wednesday executed Rubén Cárdenas Ramírez, a Mexican national who was convicted in 1998 for the kidnap, rape and murder of his 16-year-old cousin, despite international pressure.

The US Supreme Court [official website] had denied a writ of certiorari [text, PDF] as well as an appeal to stay [text, PDF] the execution on Wednesday.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto condemned the execution [Debate report, in Spanish] for violating a 2004 decision [text] by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] holding that the US violated Article 36 of the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations [text, PDF].

A three-judge panel for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania [official website] denied in part [order, PDF] a motion to dismiss [PDF] filed by intervenor defendants in Agre v.
The US Supreme Court [official website]ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously Wednesday in Hamer v.
Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the US District Court for the District of Columbia released an order [text, PDF] Wednesday preventing all interested parties in the case against Paul Manafort Jr.
The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [transcript, PDF] Tuesday in Patchak v.
Ohio voters on Tuesday approved an amendment [text, PDF] that will give Ohio crime victims more Constitutional rights.
The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday overturned [opinion, PDF] a lower court’s decision to enforce an original plea bargain in accordance with contract law principles, finding such application was not supported by federal law.

The case arose from a California criminal conviction.

The US Supreme Court on Monday heard oral arguments [transcript, PDF] in Merit Management Group, LP, v.
The US Supreme Court [official website] unanimously concluded [decision, PDF] on Monday that Alabama may execute a death row inmate, Vernon Madison, who claims to be mentally incompetent and unfit to be executed under the Eighth Amendment [text] due to several strokes and vascular dementia.
The US Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear [order list, PDF] Samsung’s appeal in a patent case against Apple over Smartphone features.
A Pentagon official on Friday ordered [POLITICO report] the release of a Marine Corps general, who was sentenced last week to 21-days confinement [JURIST report] to his quarters by Guantánamo Bay military commissions judge Air Force Col.