Legal news from Tuesday, April 28, 2009
15:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; briefs] Tuesday in two cases. In Forest Grove School District v. T.A. [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report], the Court will consider whether the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) [text] permits a tuition [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website] ruled [press release, PDF; case materials] Tuesday that a judgment by a southern Cyprus court favoring a Greek Cypriot reclaiming land in the north is enforceable despite the south's lack of control over that region. Meletis Apostolides, a Cypriot national whose [read more]

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14:04 EDT

[JURIST] A UK jury acquitted Tuesday three alleged conspirators to the July 7, 2005 bombings in London [BBC backgrounder]. Mohammed Shakil, Waheed Ali, and Sadeer Saleem were found not guilty [BBC report] of being privy to the conspiracy during a retrial after a mistrial was declared last fall when the [read more]

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[JURIST] Armed soldiers raided Madagascar's High Constitutional Court [official website, in French] Monday evening, arresting head of security Andrianandraina Ralitera and three other court employees. The four arrested men [L'Express report, in French], supporters of ousted president Marc Ravalomanana [BBC profile] are accused [Xinhua report] of inciting public disorder and [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] The UK Government Equalities Office (GEO) [official website] on Monday published [press release] a controversial Equality Bill [materials] that seeks to eliminate gender, racial, age, and other forms of discrimination. The bill, which was introduced into the House of Commons [official website] Friday, would require businesses to report on [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 in FCC v. Fox Television Stations [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) [official website] did not act arbitrarily and capriciously in changing its policy regarding fines for the broadcast of [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Canadian Military Police Complaints Commission (MPCC) [official website] released a report [text, PDF] Monday concluding that three Afghan detainees were not mistreated [press release] while in Canadian military police custody in Kandahar in 2006. The probe began following a civilian complaint filed by University of Ottawa law professor [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] The federal trial of a former US soldier accused of raping and killing a 14-year-old Iraqi girl [JURIST news archive] in 2006 began Monday. Former US Army Pfc. Steven Green [JURIST news archive] is also charged with killing the girl's family in Mahmudiya, Iraq. During Monday's opening statements, prosecutors [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US State Department [official website] released [press release] Monday its commitments and pledges [text; PDF] as part of its campaign to gain a seat on the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website]. All countries attempting to be elected to the body, which holds elections every year for [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] announced Monday that it would review three new source review rules [EPA press release] that regulate emissions from coal power plants. The announcement comes as the EPA has stepped up its efforts to regulate greenhouse gases and other atmospheric pollutants. The [read more]

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[JURIST] UK Justice Minister Jack Straw [official profile] said Monday that his country would still be willing to consider a US request to take in terrorism detainees held by at the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detention center, if doing so would aid in the closure of the facility. Speaking [read more]

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