Legal news from Thursday, August 6, 2009
16:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate [official website] confirmed Sonia Sotomayor [WH profile; JURIST news archive] for the Supreme Court by a vote of 68-31 Thursday. The vote split mainly along party lines, with only nine Republicans voting to confirm. Senate Judiciary Committee ranking Republican Jeff Sessions [official website] (R-AL) delivered closing [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] Former American International Group (AIG) [corporate website] executives on Thursday agreed to settle [press release] a suit [complaint, PDF] brought by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website] alleging their involvement in inflating the company's reported financial records. The SEC accused former CEO Maurice Greenberg and former [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Wednesday ruled [opinion, PDF] that the US Navy did not have to disclose the locations and potential blast ranges of explosive artillery stored at a Puget Sound military base. On appeal from a district court's denial of [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] A bill [S 1584 materials] aimed at banning workplace discrimination motivated by an employee’s sexual orientation or gender identification was introduced in the US Senate [official website] on Wednesday by Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) [official website]. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), if passed, would protect employees from discriminatory hiring [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] A specially-mandated Indian court on Thursday sentenced three convicted terrorists to death [VOI report] for their roles in the 2003 Mumbai bomb attack [BBC backgrounder] that killed 52 people. Late last month, Ashrat Ansari, Hanif Sayed, and Fehmida Sayed were found guilty [JURIST report] of conspiracy, murder, and attempted [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Wednesday affirmed [opinion, PDF] a district court ruling reinstating the Roadless Rule [text], which prohibited the building of roads or the use of roadless lands in National Parks for timber production. The Clinton administration measure was effectively [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] Human rights advocates on Wednesday accused Italy of disregarding its obligations under past European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] judgments by deporting terror suspect Ali Ben Sassi Toumi to his native Tunisia. Human Rights Watch (HRW) called the deportation [HRW report] "the latest example of how [Italy] [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] Former Congressman William Jefferson (D-LA) [official profile; JURIST news archive] was found guilty [press release] on Wednesday of 11 counts of public corruption. Jefferson was convicted of using his position on the US House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee [official website] to promote the interests of companies involved [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Illinois Department of Finance and Professional Regulation (DFPR) [official website] on Wednesday granted doctors a 90-day grace period [statement, PDF] for enforcement of the state's parental notification requirement for minors obtaining abortions. The grace period came at the recommendation of the state Medical Disciplinary Board who voted unanimously [read more]

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