Legal news from Monday, November 28, 2011
15:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Monday in two cases. In First American Financial Corp v. Edwards [transcript, PDF; JURIST report], the court heard arguments on whether a plaintiff has standing to sue, on behalf of a nationwide class, claiming a real estate company violated [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria reported [text, PDF] Monday that the Syrian Arab Republic has committed numerous human rights violations [press release] including torture, sexual violence, use of excessive force and violations of the right to peaceful assembly. The investigation on which the report is based [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] A private investigative report issued on Monday detailed the denial of medical treatment [report text, PDF] to and severe physical abuse of former Russian lawyer and purported whistle-blower Sergei Magnitsky [JURIST news archive], who died [JURIST report] in a Moscow prison in November 2009. In addition to details of [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] Human rights group Partners Relief and Development [advocacy website] said Monday that Myanmar soldiers may be committing war crimes [press release] in the form of torture and forced labor against ethnic communities in Kachin State. The group issued a report [text, PDF, graphic content] documenting the war crimes which [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] granted certiorari [order list, PDF] Monday in five cases. In Southern Union Co v. United States [docket], the court will determine whether the Fifth and Sixth Amendment [text] principles that the Supreme Court established in Apprendi v. New Jersey [opinion] and its progeny [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa [official website] has ordered a special commission [BNA report] to look into recommendations made following an independent investigation into the alleged crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in the country, the official state media reported Saturday. The announcement follows a report [JURIST report] released [read more]

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