Legal news from Tuesday, November 9, 2010
15:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] filed separate federal lawsuits Tuesday challenging the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) [text; JURIST news archive]. In GLAD's lawsuit [text, PDF; press release], several plaintiffs are challenging the denial of certain marriage [read more]

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[JURIST] The French Court of Cassation [official website, in French] ruled Tuesday that an investigation into assets obtained in France by three African leaders can proceed. The initial complaint [AP report] in the case, filed by anti-corruption groups Transparency International (TI) and SHERPA [advocacy websites], accused the late Omar Bongo [read more]

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[JURIST] The high court of Mombasa ruled Tuesday that Kenya does not have jurisdiction outside of its national waters, releasing nine suspected Somali pirates [JURIST news archive]. Citing the repeal of Chapter VIII, section 69 of the Kenyan penal code [text, PDF] as the basis for his decision, Justice Mohamed [read more]

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[JURIST] The head of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) [official website] has rejected two motions requesting the disqualification of judges on the grounds of bias. Judge Antonio Cassese on Friday denied the motions filed by Lebanese General Jamil El-Sayed, determining that El-Sayed failed to provide convincing evidence that judges [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Tuesday in AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report] on whether the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) [text], which provides for judicial facilitation of private dispute resolution through arbitration when [read more]

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[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] issued recommendations Tuesday for the US to align its human rights policies and practices with international standards. The recommendations stem from the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) [official website; JURIST report] of the US government's human rights record before the UNHRC in [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for Nigeria's Federal High Court [official website] in Lagos ruled Monday that an amendment to the 1999 Nigerian Constitution [text] made by the National Assembly (NASS) [official website] cannot become operational law without the assent of the president. Justice Okechukwu Okeke ruled [Daily Independent report] that the [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] Judge John Bates of the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] heard arguments Monday on the Obama administration's ability to conduct "targeted killings" in the case of radical Muslim cleric and US citizen Anwar al-Awlaki [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Counsel for the plaintiffs, including [read more]

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[JURIST] A French judge on Monday ordered former president Jacques Chirac [official profile; JURIST news archive] to stand trial on a second set of charges in connection with the funding of his political party during his time as mayor of Paris from 1977-1995. Chirac is accused of providing fictitious city [read more]

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[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma [official website] on Monday temporarily blocked [order text] a state constitutional amendment banning courts from considering international or Islamic Law. Chief Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange issued a temporary restraining order [AP report], stopping the measure from taking [read more]

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