Legal news from Monday, March 7, 2011
16:03 EDT

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] on Monday issued an executive order [text; fact sheet] allowing military commissions for Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archives] detainees to resume. New charges in the military commission system have been suspended since shortly after Obama took office in 2009. Monday's order also establishes [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of India [official website] on Monday rejected a petition for mercy killing, but ruled [judgment, PDF] that passive euthanasia was permissible under certain circumstances. The case centered around Aruna Shanbaug, a former nurse who was raped and strangled at work 37 years ago and has been [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] A Zimbabwe magistrate court on Monday ordered six of the 45 activists arrested in Harare last month detained on charges of treason, releasing the remaining 39. The six activists not released today will remain detained and face trial [CNN report] on the treason charges against them. If found guilty, [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously in Wall v. Kholi [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that a defendant's plea for leniency tolls the statute of limitations for filing a federal petition for habeas corpus under the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Georgia Supreme Court [official website] on Monday upheld [decision, PDF] a state law that requires voters to present one of six government-issued photo identifications in order to vote. The Democratic Party of Georgia [party website] brought the suit against Governor Sonny Perdue, Secretary of State Karen Handel and [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] 8-1 in Milner v. Department of the Navy [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that the government may not withhold certain information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [text]. The issue was whether 5 USC [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] 6-3 in Skinner v. Switzer [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that a convicted prisoner seeking access to biological evidence for DNA testing may assert a civil rights claim under Section 1983 [text]. Texas death row [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] A French court on Monday began the trial of former president Jacques Chirac [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] but immediately suspended proceedings. The trial was suspended [WSJ report] in light of claims made by co-defendant Remy Chardon, Chirac's former chief of staff, that a decision by the prosecution to [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in Golan v. Holder [docket; cert. petition, PDF] to determine the copyright status of foreign works that used to be in the public domain. Section 514 of the Uruguay Round Agreements Act of [read more]

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