Legal news from Monday, January 23, 2012
14:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled 7-2 [opinion, PDF] Monday in Reynolds v. United States [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) [final guidelines, PDF] does not require pre-act offenders to register before the attorney general validly specifies that the act's registration provisions apply [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Maldives Minister of Foreign Affairs [official website] asked the UN Sunday to help them resolve [press release] what they are calling a judicial system failure over the detention of senior criminal court Judge Abdulla Mohamed. Mohamed was arrested for corruption [JURIST report] in an unprecedented move by the [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website] expressed disappointment [press release] Monday that the US government has failed to close the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] detention facility. President Barack Obama ordered the facility closed [JURIST report] by January 2010, but congressional opposition and administrative setbacks [JURIST [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled unanimously [opinion, PDF] Monday in National Meat Association v. Harris [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA) [text], which requires observation of animals that are unable to walk for possible disease, preempts a subsequent California law [Cal Pen Code § [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] issued a per curiam opinion [text, PDF] Monday in Ryburn v. Huff [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] allowing police officers to enter a private residence without a warrant if they have a reason to anticipate violence. The parents of a high school student brought the suit, [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] Croatian citizens voted in favor [press release, PDF] of joining the EU on Sunday, despite poor turnout for the referendum. With nearly all of the ballots counted [AP report], 66 percent voted in favor of Croatia's membership in the EU with 33 percent voting against. The remaining 1 percent [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday in United States v. Jones [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that the government's attachment of a global positioning system (GPS) [JURIST news archive] device to a vehicle, and its use of that device to monitor the vehicle's movements, constitutes a search under [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Monday confirmed charges [press release] against four of the six suspects allegedly involved in the violence following the December 2007 Kenyan elections [JURIST news archive]. Two potential presidential candidates are among the four poised to stand trial [AP report] before the [read more]

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