August 26, 2010
by Christian Ehret
The EU Parliament Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats on Thursday accused France of violating EU law by deporting up to 1,000 Roma migrants from the country. The group cited EU directive 38/2004 for the proposition that EU citizens are free to move within EU territory. ...[read more]
August 24, 2010
by Christian Ehret
The California Senate voted 22-12 Monday in favor of a joint resolution to urge the federal government to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Among other concerns, the resolution states that, under the law, same-sex couples legally married in the state are prevented from accessing the ...[read more]
August 7, 2010
by Christian Ehret
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Attorney General Jerry Brown and others filed motions Friday in the US District Court for the Northern District of California opposing a request to stay the court's recent decision enjoining the enforcement of Proposition 8, the state's ban on same-sex ...[read more]
August 7, 2010
by Christian Ehret
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled Friday that prolonged use of global positioning systems (GPS) to monitor suspects' vehicles violates the Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches and seizures. The appellate court found that there exists a ...[read more]
July 5, 2010
by Christian Ehret
An extradition hearing for former Bosnian president Ejup Ganic began in London Monday to determine whether or not the former leader should be forced to face trial in Serbia for alleged war crimes. Ganic, who served as vice president during the outset of the 1992-1995 Bosnian civil war, is ...[read more]
July 5, 2010
by Christian Ehret
Newly appointed Italian cabinet minister Aldo Brancher resigned Monday amidst controversy over an embezzlement indictment. Brancher, appointed on June 18 after being nominated by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, unsuccessfully attempted to use his status as a government official to delay ...[read more]
June 28, 2010
by Christian Ehret
The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled in Bilski v. Kappos that business method patents may qualify as patentable subject matter but that a specific method for hedging risks in commodities trading is ineligible for patent protection because it is an abstract idea. Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing ...[read more]
June 16, 2010
by Christian Ehret
The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) heard arguments Tuesday on behalf of Emmanuel Rukundo, a priest convicted of genocide and other charges last year. The appellate chamber also heard arguments from the prosecution, which is seeking to increase the 25-year ...[read more]
January 1, 2010
by Christian Ehret
US Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. issued an unusually brief year-end report on the federal judiciary Thursday in his capacity as head of the Judicial Conference of the United States, declining to address judiciary needs as done in previous years. On a single page, the 2009 report said the ...[read more]
January 1, 2010
by Christian Ehret
The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Wednesday ruled that the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) are not required to confirm or deny the existence of electronic surveillance records under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The suit was brought by ...[read more]

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