Legal news from Monday, January 26, 2009
17:01 EDT

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] issued a Presidential Memorandum [text] to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] Monday, directing the agency to allow California and several other states to impose state vehicle emissions standards that are more stringent than the federal vehicle emissions standards. The memorandum [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday decided six cases. The Court ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously in Crawford v. Nashville and Davidson County [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act [text] protects a government employee against being fired [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] Impeachment proceedings [materials] began Monday in the Illinois State Senate [official website] against Governor Rod Blagojevich [official website; JURIST news archive], who is boycotting the proceedings. Blagojevich and his lawyers [JURIST report] have refused to attend the proceedings, claiming that Senate procedures are biased and will deny Blagojevich his [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] Bolivian voters on Sunday approved a new constitution [text, PDF, in Spanish] that places more power in the hands of the country's indigenous majority. The leftist constitution, which passed by a 59 percent majority, is said by President Evo Morales [official website, BBC profile] himself a member of the [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] granted certiorari [order list, PDF] Monday in three cases. In McDaniel v. Brown [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the Court will consider whether the evidence underlying the defendant’s conviction for sexual assault was clearly insufficient under the Court's 1979 decision in [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] Former Congolese militia leader Thomas Lubanga [ICC materials; JURIST news archive] pleaded not guilty on Monday in the historic first trial of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website]. Lubanga, founder of the militant Union of Patriotic Congolese [GlobalSecurity backgrounder], is charged [JURIST report] with enlisting child soldiers under [read more]

07:01 EDT

[JURIST] Venezuela will renew its request that the US extradite anti-Castro militant Luis Posada Carriles [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], an official announced on Friday. Venezuela is hopeful that the new Obama administration will be more receptive to the request [El Universal report, in Spanish]. Venezuela and Cuba contend that [read more]

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