Legal news from Monday, June 6, 2011

[JURIST] International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] prosecutor Serge Brammertz [official profile] said that the arrest of accused Serbian war criminal Ratko Mladic [ICTY backgrounder, PDF; JURIST news archive] was "significant on many levels" but questioned why it took Serbia nearly 16 years, in a speech … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday denied certiorari [order list, PDF] in Martinez v. Regents of the University of California [docket], thereby rejecting a challenge to California's policy of granting in-state tuition for state colleges and universities to illegal immigrants who graduated from California … [read more]

[JURIST] The Nigeria [JURIST news archive] Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) [official website] arrested [press release] outgoing speaker of the House of Representatives Dimeji Bankole Sunday on allegations of fraud. He is believed [AP report] to have secured a USD $ 66 million loan on top of his normal … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida [official website] on Friday permitted [order, PDF] lawsuits against Chiquita Brand International [corporate website] to move forward. Family members of several thousand victims of paramilitary violence in Colombia filed suit [complaint, PDF; JURIST report] in April … [read more]

[JURIST] Malaysian opposition leader and former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim [official profile; JURIST news archive] failed a third time Monday to remove the judge in his sodomy case. The charges against Anwar allege that he sodomized a former male political aide. Anwar argued that Judge Zabidin Mohamad Diah had … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website, JURIST news archive] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday in Board of Trustees of Stanford University v. Roche Molecular Systems [Cornell LII backgrounder] that federal law does not automatically vest title of inventions from federally funded research in the university through which the research is … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] unanimously ruled [opinion, PDF] on Monday in Erica P John Fund v. Halliburton [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that, though a party to a private securities fraud action must demonstrate that the defendant';s misrepresentation caused economic loss, securities fraud plaintiffs … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] unanimously ruled [opinion, PDF] on Monday in McNeill v. United States [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that a federal sentencing court must determine whether "an offense under State law" is a "serious drug offense" under the Armed Career Criminal Act … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in two cases. In Martinez v. Ryan [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the court will decide whether a defendant has a right to effective assistance of counsel in the first post-conviction appeal at which the … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] unanimously ruled [opinion, PDF] on Monday in Fox v. Vice [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that it is improper to award defendants the full amount of attorney's fees incurred while defending non-frivolous claims along with a frivolous claim. 42 USC … [read more]

[JURIST] A Bahrain court on Monday arraigned 47 doctors and nurses on charges of trying to overthrow the government and participating in illegal demonstrations when they helped treat injured protesters. The doctors and nurses were stationed [AP report] primarily at the Salmaniya Medical Complex [official website], a state-run center in … [read more]

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