Legal news from Tuesday, January 12, 2010
14:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Tuesday in two cases. In United States v. Comstock [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report], the Court heard arguments on whether Congress had the authority to enact certain provisions of the Adam [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] The 2003 US-British invasion of Iraq was a violation of international law and was not supported by UN resolutions, according to a report [text, PDF, in Dutch; press release, PDF] released Tuesday by a Dutch parliamentary inquiry. The Dutch Parliament began an investigation into the Iraq War in March [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] A UK court on Tuesday began the first non-jury criminal trial in England or Wales in more than 400 years. Defendants John Twomey, Peter Blake, Barry Hibberd, and Glen Cameron appeared at the Royal Courts of Justice, accused of armed robbery of £1.75m from the Menzies World Cargo Warehouse [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Ahmed Ghailani [GlobalSecurity profile; JURIST news archive] argued Monday that the charges against their client should be dismissed. Ghailani's lawyers argued before Judge Louis Kaplan of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) [official website] [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] A Taiwanese court said Monday that former Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] will be tried Friday in closed-door proceedings. The High Court said that proceedings, set for 9:30 AM Friday, would be closed to the media [Xinhua report] under secrecy regulations. Chen was indicted [JURIST [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously in Smith v. Spisak [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit contravened the directives of the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act (AEDPA) [text, PDF] by [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] A member of the "Toronto 18" [Toronto Star backgrounder; JURIST news archive] pleaded not guilty in a Canadian court on Monday for his alleged role in a failed 2006 terrorist plot to bomb the Toronto Stock Exchange and government buildings. Shareef Abdelhaleem, the first adult of the group to [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] The New Jersey Legislature [official website] on Monday approved a bill [text, PDF] that would legalize medical marijuana [JURIST news archive]. The legislation would allow doctors to prescribe marijuana [NYT report] to patients with chronic illnesses such as cancer, AIDS, Lou Gehrig's disease, muscular dystrophy, and multiple sclerosis, which [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] A US military judge ruled Monday that the trials for two Navy SEALs [official website] accused in the alleged assault of an Iraqi prisoner will be held on a US military base in Iraq in order for the alleged victim to be questioned in court. Petty Officer 2nd Class [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Chief Justice of India KG Balakrishnan [official profile] proposed on Saturday the creation of a new constitutional court to review matters relating to the Indian Constitution [text] and other federal issues. Balakrishnan also suggested [The Hindu report] the creation of a television channel that would exclusively cover the [read more]

07:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] heard arguments on Monday in an appeal by multi-national corporations accused of assisting the South African government during the apartheid-era [JURIST new archive]. The corporations, which include IBM, Ford Motor Co., Daimler and General Motors Corp. [corporate websites], [read more]

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