Legal news from Saturday, August 8, 2009
14:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Obama administration on Friday petitioned [cert. petition, PDF] the US Supreme Court [official website] to overturn a district court order mandating disclosure of detainee abuse photos [JURIST news archive], alleging that this could lead to further violence in Iraq and Afghanistan that would endanger US civil and military [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] A three-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] on Friday upheld [opinion, PDF] the death sentence handed down to DC-area sniper John Allen Muhammad [BBC profile]. In his appeal, Muhammad alleged "nondisclosure of exculpatory information by the prosecution, ineffective assistance of his [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] Sonia Sotomayor [WH Profile; JURIST news archive] was sworn in as the 111th justice in the history of the US Supreme Court [official website] Saturday. Chief Justice John Roberts administered the oath, in which Sotomayor swore to "administer justice without respect to persons and do equal right to the [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] A Yemeni cleric and his assistant pleaded guilty Friday to conspiring to provide financial support for Hamas and were sentenced to time served by the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York [official website]. After the plea deal, Sheikh Mohammed Ali Hassan al-Moayad [advocacy website] and [read more]

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