Legal news from Wednesday, February 9, 2011
14:02 EDT

[JURIST] Virginia Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli [official website] on Tuesday filed a petition for a writ of certiorari [text, PDF] with the US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] asking the court to rule on the constitutionality of the health care reform law [HR 3590 text; JURIST news archive] [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] A judge in the US District Court for the Central District of Illinois [official website] on Tuesday ruled that the state did not unconstitutionally advocate religion by financially contributing to the restoration of the Bald Knob Cross of Peace [official website]. The court rejected [AP report] an argument that [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman [Al Jazeera profile] stated Tuesday that President Hosni Mubarak [Al Jazeera profile] approved the formation of a committee to oversee changes to Egypt's constitution [text]. Suleiman announced Egypt's timetable for a peaceful transition of power and discussions that have taken place with opposition party [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [official website] reported [press release] on Tuesday that Arab governments are using violence to crack down on protests inspired by the unrest in Egypt. According to the report, public gatherings in Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, United Arab Emirates, West Bank and Yemen have encountered force [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] UK Supreme Court [official website] President Nicholas Phillips [official profile] warned in a speech [text, PDF; UCL materials] Tuesday that the Supreme Court's reliance on the Ministry of Justice [official website] for funding threatens the court's independence. Phillips explained that unexpectedly low contributions from civil courts coupled with the [read more]

07:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] on Tuesday defeated a bill [HR 514 text] to renew three provisions of the USA Patriot Act [text; JURIST news archive]. The vote was 277 to 148 [roll call], falling short of the two-thirds majority required for the "suspension of the rules" [read more]

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