Legal news from Monday, November 15, 2010
15:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in two cases. In Tolentino v. New York [docket], the court will determine whether the exclusionary rule [Cornell LII backgrounder] prohibits police from using a defendant's driving record compiled by the state's Department [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously in Abbot v. United States [Cornell LII backgrounder] that, in construing a federal statute imposing mandatory minimum sentences for drug trafficking crimes committed with guns, the minimum sentence contained in the statute applies unless [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] A report [text] revealing that US intelligence officials knowingly allowed Nazis to settle in US "safe havens" [NYT report] after World War II was released Saturday by the New York Times after being leaked by former Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] officials. The 600-page report describes the actions [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] The EU has failed to hold member states legally accountable for their involvement in the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] extraordinary rendition program [JURIST news archive], according to a report [text, PDF] published Monday by Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website]. In its report, entitled "Open Secret: Mounting [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] Cuban officials on Saturday released the first of 13 dissident prisoners who refused to go into exile as part of an agreement [JURIST report] reached between Cuba, Spain, and the Vatican. The prisoner, Arnoldo Ramos Lauzurique, was one of 52 prisoners captured as part of a 2003 tightening on [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] Google [corporate website, JURIST news archive] on Monday urged the international community to ensure the free flow of online information [white paper text] by respecting global trade regulations and establishing new rules to protect against limitations on the Internet. Google estimates that up to 40 countries are incorporating surveillance [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi parliamentary officials on Saturday unanimously approved a power-sharing agreement whereby Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and President Jalal Talabani [BBC profile] will remain in power for an additional term, despite tension over governmental power positions for the country's minority Iraqiya alliance leader, Iyad [read more]

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