United States v. Scrushy, United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, Judge Karon Bowdre, November 23, 2004 . Read the files from the criminal docket for the case here and the full text of the memorandum opinion here . Reported in JURIST's Paper Chase here.

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Peter Friedman, Case Western Reserve University School of Law: "It should come as no great surprise that the Red Cross has reported that the U.S. used psychological and physical coercion "tantamount to torture" on Guantanamo Bay detainees and that doctors and other medical workers helped plan interrogations in "flagrant violation of medical ethics." As Philip [...]

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Ridley, et al. v. Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, et al., US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, Judge Sandra L. Lynch, November 29, 2004 . Excerpt: In this opinion covering both cases, we address the parties' arguments about what type of "forum" the MBTA advertising program constitutes. We hold first that the MBTA did [...]

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The Louisiana Supreme Court Wednesday will consider the constitutionality of the state's Defense of Marriage amendment banning gay marriage. The amendment, overwhelmingly passed by voters in September, was struck down in early October by State District Judge William Morvant, who found the amendment's structure violated a state constitutional requirement that any amendment deal with only [...]

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NAACP President Kweisi Mfume announced Tuesday that he is resigning as the head of the nation's oldest and largest civil rights group after serving in that position since 1996. The organization's legal counsel, Dennis Hayes, will serve as interim president. Mfume, whose adopted West African name translates to "conquering son of kings," started his career [...]

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The US Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in Jackson v. Birmingham Board of Education (case summary from Duke Law School), a landmark gender equity case where the court will decide whether Congress intended under Title IX to allow lawsuits persons complaining of gender bias even if they are not direct victims. Title IX, best known [...]

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