Legal news from Monday, February 28, 2011

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website, JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Monday in DePierre v. United States [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report] on whether the term "cocaine base" in the Federal Sentencing Guidelines [materials] is limited to "crack" cocaine or encompasses all forms of … [read more]

[JURIST] An Italian court on Monday resumed the trial of Prime Minster Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on tax fraud charges [JURIST report], just weeks after the Constitutional Court [official website, in Italian] modified [JURIST report] a law [materials, in Italian] that would have granted Berlusconi and other … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] 6-2 in Michigan v. Bryant [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that preliminary inquiries of a wounded citizen concerning the perpetrator and circumstances of the shooting are non-testimonial evidence, rendering them admissible in court. The case … [read more]

[JURIST] An Iraqi court on Monday sentenced former British solider Danny Fitzsimons to 20 years in prison for the shooting deaths of two of his colleagues in August 2009. Fitzsimons, who was working as a contractor for the UK security firm, ArmorGroup, now a part of G4S [corporate website], escaped … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Monday condemned the response by Middle Eastern governments to peaceful protests, urging the international community to take a strong stance against violence in Libya. In Pillay's opening statement to the Sixteenth Session of the Human Rights Council (UNHRC) … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of India [official website] has ruled that criminal defendants have a right to counsel [judgment, PDF] under the Indian Constitution [text, PDF]. The court found Thursday that under Article 22(1) of the Constitution, a court could not decide a criminal case without a lawyer present for … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] will not grant immunity [press release] to any person perpetrating crimes against humanity in Libya, according to a statement issued by the court on Monday. The ICC Prosecutor's Office is currently assessing allegations of widespread or systematic attacks against the civilian population … [read more]

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