Legal news from Tuesday, December 1, 2009
15:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Tuesday in two cases. In Milavetz, Gallop & Milavetz v. United States [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report] and United States v. Milavetz, Gallop, & Milavetz, the Court heard arguments on the [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] The International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] began oral arguments on Tuesday regarding Serbia's request for an advisory opinion [text, PDF] on Kosovo's declaration of independence [JURIST report] in 2008. The advisory proceedings will include arguments from 29 additional countries, including the five member-states of the UN Security [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website] on Tuesday rejected [judgment, PDF] a request by lawyers for a former Khmer Rouge [BBC backgrounder] leader to examine two international judges for bias. Lawyers representing former minister of foreign affairs Ieng Sary [Trial Watch profile] sought a [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] The European Union (EU) reform treaty, known as the Treaty of Lisbon [EU materials; JURIST news archive] went into effect [press release] Tuesday after more than two years of negotiations. The Treaty, which was ratified by all 27 member-states of the EU, was crafted to make the EU more [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] Spanish National Court Judge Baltasar Garzon [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Monday opened an embezzlement investigation against four associates of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet [BBC profile, JURIST news archive]. Garzon accused Pinochet's widow Lucia Hiriart his former lawyer Oscar Custodio Aitken Lavanchy and bankers Pablo Granifo Lavin [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Argentine Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish] on Tuesday announced that it would rule on the constitutionality of two articles of the Civil Code [text, in Spanish] prohibiting same-sex marriage [JURIST news archives]. The announcement [AFP report] comes one day after National Court Judge Marta Gomez Alsina issued [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] Former US soldier Steven Green [JURIST news archive] on Monday challenged the law used to convict him in civilian court for his role in the rape and murder of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl [JURIST news archive] and the murder of her family in Mahmudiya. Green filed an appeal [brief, [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic [case materials; JURIST news archive] has filed a motion [text, PDF] made public Monday, challenging the legitimacy of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website]. Karadzic claims that the UN Security Council [official website] overstepped its powers when it [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] announced Monday and Tuesday the transfer of four detainees from Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] to three European countries, as the detainee population at the detention facility continues to be reduced. Two of the former detainees, Tunisian natives Adel Ben Mabrouk [read more]

07:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday reversed [opinion, PDF] a decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] that had affirmed a death sentence for a veteran convicted of murder who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) [NIMH backgrounder]. [read more]

06:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] has ruled [opinion, PDF] that several contractors responsible for dredging the Mississippi River, which some claim exacerbated damage from Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive], cannot be held liable since the contractors were acting under Congress' express authorization. The [read more]

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