Legal news from Wednesday, March 25, 2009
16:03 EDT

[JURIST] FBI director Robert Mueller [official profile] told [testimony] the Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] Wednesday that the rise in financial fraud investigations is limiting the ability of the FBI to fight other crimes. Mueller, speaking during the "Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation" hearing [materials], told Congress that [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Xinhua District Court in China Wednesday accepted the first civil suit seeking damages against a dairy company in connection with the contaminated milk scandal [JURIST news archive]. The lawsuit [Xinhua report], which was brought by the family of one of the children who fell ill last year, seeks [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] Israel unlawfully and extensively used white phosphorous [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] munitions in their recent Gaza [JURIST news archive] offensive, according to a report [text, PDF] released Wednesday by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website]. The report maintains that while white phosphorous is allowed to be used to obscure ground operations [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; briefs] Wednesday in United States v. Denedo [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report], in which the Court will consider whether a military appellate court has jurisdiction to entertain a petition for a writ of [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] ruled [opinion, PDF] 7-2 Wednesday in Puckett v. United States [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that a defendant's claim that the prosecution breached a plea agreement must be raised at trial in order to be reviewable on appeal, according to [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] A substantial increase in the number of immigrants detained by the US over the last decade and the length of their detentions "falls short of international human rights law," according to a report [text, PDF; AI executive summary] released Wednesday by Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website]. AI reported that [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] held a hearing Tuesday to investigate "abusive credit card practices and bankruptcy" [hearing materials]. The hearing, chaired by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) [official website], was held in conjunction with the proposed Consumer Credit Fairness Act (CCFA) [S. 257 text, PDF], which would [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Washington [official website] Monday ordered [order, PDF] the revision of a US government regulation [8 CFR § 245.2(a)(2)(i)(B) text] that singles out religious workers applying for permanent residency. Judge Robert Lasnik issued the order in a class action lawsuit [case materials] brought [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] A spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert [official website] Tuesday derided a report [text, PDF; JURIST report] to the UN Human Rights Council [official website] that accused Israel of human rights violations during its recent military operations in Gaza [JURIST report]. The report, authored by UN Special Rapporteur [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] Honduran President Manuel Zelaya [BBC profile] announced Monday that the government will conduct a poll [decree, in Spanish] to determine whether voters are receptive to a November referendum that would establish a Constituent Assembly to draft a new constitution. Zelaya's proposed constitutional referendum has created wide controversy, even among [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] submitted a "Proposal for Endangerment Finding for Greenhouse Gases Under the Clean Air Act" to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) [official website] of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) [official website], setting the stage for the first [read more]

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