Legal news from Monday, June 29, 2009
19:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] issued a second set of orders Monday, granting certiorari [order list, PDF] in one additional case. On its final day of the term, the Court agreed to hear Briscoe v. Virginia [docket; cert. petition, PDF], in which it will consider [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] Kenyan troops tortured, raped, and committed other human rights violations against civilians during an operation to quell ethnic fighting in the country's northeastern Mandera Triangle region, according to a report [text, PDF] released Monday by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website]. HRW compiled testimony from victims in the region, [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] Iran's Guardian Council of the Constitution [official website, in Persian] on Monday certified [press release, in Persian] the results of the controversial June 12 presidential election [BBC backgrounder], officially sanctioning the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. The certification [BBC report] comes a week after [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday ordered [order, DOC] re-argument in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission [Cornell LII backgrounder] on whether Austin v. Michigan Chamber of Commerce and McConnell v. Federal Election Commission [Oyez backgrounders] should be overturned in deciding the case. Both [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] Disgraced financier Bernard Madoff [JURIST news archive] was sentenced Monday to 150 years in prison on securities fraud charges [complaint, PDF; JURIST report] stemming from his multi-billion dollar Ponzi scheme. Madoff, 71, appeared before Judge Denny Chin of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 in Cuomo v. Clearing House Association [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that the National Bank Act (NBA) [12 USC § 484(a) text] and 12 CFR § 7.4000 [text] do not prevent a state from [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday overturned [opinion, PDF] a lower court ruling dismissing racial discrimination challenges to the promotion criteria used by the fire department of New Haven, CT. The Court ruled 5-4 in Ricci v. DeStefano [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in six cases. In Abbott v. Abbott [docket, cert. petition, PDF], the Court will consider whether a ne exeat clause, which prohibits one parent from removing a child from the country without the [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) [official website] has cautioned that Guantanamo Bay detainees tried by military commission [JURIST news archives] in the US have some constitutional protections [WSJ report], the Wall Street Journal [media website] reported on Monday. According the report, the OLC told the [read more]

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