Legal news from Tuesday, June 1, 2010
16:06 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official website] announced Tuesday that the Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] is reviewing whether any criminal or civil laws were violated by BP resulting in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill [BBC backgrounder]. Holder cited several statutes being examined by government lawyers including [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Australian government on Monday initiated proceedings [press release, PDF] against Japan in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website], claiming Japan has breached its obligations under the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling [text; PDF]. The move was expected [JURIST op-ed] after the Australian government announced [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay [official website] on Monday called for an international inquiry [statement] into the conduct of the Sri Lankan government during its civil war [JURIST news archive]. Pillay, speaking at the opening of the fourteenth session of the Human Rights Council [official website], commended the [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official website] called Monday for increased international efforts in fighting corruption. Speaking to the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) [official website] Holder reaffirmed the US commitment toward fighting corruption and called on several countries including China, India, and Russia to adopt the [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously in Levin v. Commerce Energy [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that federal courts lack original jurisdiction over state tax claims based on discrimination. The court held that, under the comity doctrine, a taxpayer's complaint [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 in Berghuis v. Thompkins [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that when Miranda warnings are properly given, a person wishing to invoke the right to remain silent must do so unambiguously. The court overturned a [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] in Carr v. United States [Cornell LII backgrounder, JURIST report] that the failure to register provision [18 USC § 2250] of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) does not apply retroactively to offenses [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously in Samantar v. Yousef [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act of 1976 (FSIA) [28 USC §§ 1330, 1602 et seq. text] does not grant foreign officials immunity from civil [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] Tuesday called for [statement text] a "prompt, impartial, credible and transparent investigation" into a weekend raid by Israeli commandos on an aid flotilla bound for the blockaded Gaza strip in which 10 civilians on a Turkish ship were killed. Reaffirming two earlier resolutions [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research v. United States [docket; cert. petition, PDF] to decide whether medical students working as full-time residents are eligible for the student exception to Federal Insurance [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday decided [opinion, PDF] in Alabama v. North Carolina [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] to adopt the recommendations of the Special Master in an interstate dispute over the disposal of radioactive waste. The court has original jurisdiction over the [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon [official website] on Monday hailed [statement] the dawning of an "age of accountability" during the opening day of the review session of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website]. Ban described the first Review Conference of the Rome Statute [official website], where delegates from [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] China's Supreme People's Court [official website, in Chinese] announced Sunday that evidence obtained through violence or intimidation will be barred [China Daily report] from use in criminal trials and death penalty cases. The new regulations require prosecutors to provide the court with records from interrogations and allow defendants convicted [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Iraqi Supreme Court on Tuesday ratified the final results of the nation's March 7 parliamentary elections [CEIP backgrounder; JURIST news archive], officially confirming a narrow victory for the secular Iraqiya alliance. The court's chief judge, Madhat al-Mahmoud, announced the ratification during a television broadcast of the ruling. The [read more]

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