Legal news from Wednesday, September 30, 2009
13:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday agreed to hear [order list, PDF] a controversial case dealing with gun rights and another dealing with a terrorism law. In McDonald v. Chicago [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the Court will decide whether the Second Amendment [text] right [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. [official website] said Tuesday that charges would be dropped against four University of Pittsburgh [academic website] students arrested during protests [JURIST report] of last week's Pittsburgh Group of 20 (G-20) Summit [official websites; JURIST news archive]. Zappala indicated that some of the [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Tuesday asked [press release] the Supreme Court [official website] to rule that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) [official website] is authorized to issue decisions regarding the Nation Labor Relations Act (NLRA) [text] when three out of five board seats [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Obama administration on Tuesday called for Congress to enact legislation to tighten chemical and toxin regulations. In a speech [text] before the Commonwealth Club [organization website] in San Francisco, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official site] administrator Lisa Jackson [official profile] said that existing laws were outdated and ineffective:Our [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] Paris prosecutors requested Tuesday that charges of embezzlement and corruption against former French president and Paris mayor Jacques Chirac [official profile; BBC profile] be dropped. As mayor of Paris from 1977 to 1995, Chirac is alleged to have placed 45 people on his office payroll [AP report] who had [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] Suspected terrorist Najibullah Zazi pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction. Prosecutors from the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] have said [LAT report] that they have significant information to use against Zazi, while his lawyer has countered that the prosecution [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Tuesday upheld [opinion, PDF] a mandatory anthrax vaccination program [official website] for some members of the military. The appeals court affirmed a February 2008 district court ruling that dismissed [opinion, PDF; JURIST report] a lawsuit [read more]

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