Legal news from Tuesday, December 8, 2009
16:12 EDT

[JURIST] Ohio prison officials on Tuesday conducted the first execution using a new single-drug lethal injection protocol. Death row inmate Kenneth Biros was executed after the US Supreme Court [official website] rejected [order, PDF] a last-minute stay application Tuesday morning. The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit had [read more]

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 related to "honest services" fraud. In Black v. United States [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report], the Court heard arguments on the appeal of Canadian-born former media mogul [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] The New Jersey Senate Judiciary Committee voted 7-6 Monday in favor of a bill [text, PDF] that would legalize same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive] in the state. This is the first time that any body in the state legislature [official website] has approved a same-sex marriage bill. The vote [read more]

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[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Tuesday urged [press release] Philippine authorities to establish a timetable to end the martial law declared in its southern province of Maguindanao and to dismantle paramilitary groups throughout the nation. Philippines President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo [official website; BBC profile] imposed martial law [JURIST report] [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] The North Korean delegation to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] defended North Korea's human rights record Monday while presenting a report [text, PDF] in compliance with the UNHRC's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) [materials] process. Ambassador Ri Tcheul denied allegations of torture and claimed that serious malnutrition [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] in Alvarez v. Smith [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that a challenge to an Illinois statute authorizing forfeiture of personal property used to facilitate drug crimes is moot because the parties resolved underlying disputes as [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] in Union Pacific Railroad Co. v. Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that the requirement that parties submit proof that they have conferred on issues before seeking arbitration under the Railway Labor [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] in Beard v. Kindler [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that a state procedural rule is not automatically "inadequate" to bar federal habeas review under the adequate state ground doctrine. The case arose when the Pennsylvania [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] in Mohawk Industries v. Carpenter [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that disclosure orders adverse to the attorney-client privilege do not qualify for immediate appeal under the collateral order doctrine. The Court affirmed the decision of [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] A legally-binding treaty on climate change [JURIST new archives] should be ready in 2010, UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon [official website] announced [statement] Monday during the 13th Session [materials] of the General Conference of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) [official website]. Ban's comments come as the UN Climate Change [read more]

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[JURIST] A Chilean judge ruled [judgment, DOC; in Spanish] Monday that former president Eduardo Frei Montalva was assassinated, charging six in connection with his death. Judge Alejandro Madrid of the Chilean Court of Appeals found that Frei Montalva, who was president of Chile from 1964-1970, had been poisoned [La Nacion [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] The National Union of People's Lawyers (NUPL) [advocacy website] and other groups on Monday petitioned the Philippines Supreme Court [official website] to reject a proclamation [text, PDF] by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo [official website; BBC profile] imposing martial law [JURIST report] and suspending habeas corpus in the province of Maguindanao. [read more]

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