Legal news from Tuesday, January 14, 2003
20:01 EDT

[JURIST] DePaul University has posted the full text of outgoing Illinois Governor George Ryan's speech last Friday at DePaul University College of Law in which he announced the full pardon of four prisoners [Ryan speech, text] on Illinois' death row. The University of North Carolina School of Law is featuring [read more]

16:01 EDT

[JURIST] Read Tuesday's letter from a coalition of civil liberties groups [text] to key members of Congress opposing development of the Pentagon's Total Information Awareness domestic surveillance system. [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] The New York-based international monitoring group Human Rights Watch released its 2003 annual report on human rights around the world on Tuesday. Review the full report [text] online and read the accompanying press release criticizing the United States for neglecting human rights "too often" in its conduct of the [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] In a 5-4 split on Tuesday the US Supreme Court upheld the death sentence of a Pennsylvania man who had been tried twice for the same offense. Read Sattazahn v. Pennsylvania [decision syllabus] - Opinion by Scalia [opinion text], Concurrence by O'Connor [concurrence text] and Dissent by Ginsburg [dissent [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court ruled 9-0 Tuesday that federal highway safety law does not require state and local governments to release information collected about dangerous intersections that might be used against them in lawsuits. Read Pierce County v. Guillen [decision syllabus] - Opinion by Thomas [opinion text]. More on [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia issued a press release Tuesday indicating that proceedings scheduled for this Wednesday and Thursday in the war crimes trial of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic have been cancelled due to 'the illness of the accused.' The trial is now scheduled to [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] Monday's judgment of the Georgia Supreme Court striking down that state's 1833 anti-fornication law (Georgia Code 16-6-18 [text]) is now online. Read the unanimous ruling in In re. J.M.[PDF opinion], holding that government may not 'reach into the bedroom of a private residence and criminalize the private, noncommercial, consensual [read more]

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