Legal news from Monday, January 7, 2013

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] denied certiorari [order list, PDF] Monday in Sherley v. Sebelius [docket; cert. petition, PDF], which appealed a dismissal of a lawsuit [JURIST report] challenging the federal funding of human embryonic stem cell [JURIST news archive] research. The petition questioned President Barack Obama's executive … [read more]

[JURIST] A Scottish court on Monday granted a request to extradite an alleged member of the Basque separatist group Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA) [Global Security backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to France. Benat Atorrasagasti Ordonez, who had relocated to Scotland in 2001, was sentenced in absentia [BBC report] by a French … [read more]

[JURIST] The highest Bahraini appellate court on Monday upheld the convictions of 13 prominent pro-democracy protestors convicted by military tribunal in 2011 on charges [charges, PDF] of plotting to overthrow the monarchy. Bahrain's Court of Cassation rejected the appeals [AFP report] of the 13 activists, all part of a group … [read more]

[JURIST] China's Communist Party Politics and Law Committee head Meng Jianzhu [China Vitae backgrounder] on Monday notified Chinese media sources of the nation's plan to end its 56 year-old "re-education through labor" program [Xinhua report], which authorizes government entities to legally detain citizens for as long as four years without … [read more]

[JURIST] North Carolina on Friday announced plans to appeal [text, PDF] a ruling finding "Choose Life" license plates unconstitutional. Judge James Fox of the US District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] in December that "[t]he State's offering a 'Choose Life' license plate … [read more]

[JURIST] Bank of America (BOA) on Monday reached a $10.3 billion settlement with Fannie Mae [corporate websites] to settle [press release] claims that Countrywide Financial Corporation [NYT backgrounder], now a BOA subsidiary, employed faulty lending practices on $1.4 trillion in mortgages that were sold to Fannie Mae as investment products … [read more]

[JURIST] The second International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) [Facebook page] rejected a plea on Monday from Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) [official website; GlobalSecurity backgrounder] Assistant Secretary General Abdul Quader Molla for a re-trial. Justice Obaidul Hassan of the ICTB rejected [bdnews24 report] the petition for re-trial and ordered the defense to commence … [read more]

[JURIST] The Court of Appeals of Sri Lanka [official website] on Monday ordered parliament to drop the impeachment proceedings against Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake, quashing a guilty verdict against her. This decision further fuels the dispute [AP report] between the legislature and the judiciary, and raises international concern [AFP report] … [read more]

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