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Legal news from Friday, January 16, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court granted certiorari Friday in six cases. In Forest Grove School District, Petitioner v. T. A. [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the Court will consider whether the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) permits a tuition reimbursement award against a school district and in favor of parents who …

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by Kayleigh Shebs

Outgoing Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director Michael Hayden during a Thursday press conference defended the controversial interrogation techniques used to gather information in the "war on terror." Hayden strongly defended the CIA-termed "enhanced interrogation techniques," including waterboarding, a practice Hayden banned from use in 2006. While admitting these interrogation tactics were …

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by Ximena Marinero

The Chairman-Designate of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Mary Schapiro on Thursday expressed her commitment to reinvigorate enforcement at the SEC during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. Schapiro said that "it is imperative that the SEC be given the resources and …

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by Christian Ehret

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Thursday ruled in favor of French publishers Olivier Orban and Xavier de Bartillat who were convicted in France in 2002 of defending war crimes and aiding and abetting that offense, respectively. The court held that their prior conviction, based on the publication of the …

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by Lucas Tanglen

The US federal government acted within the Constitution when it compelled a telecommunications company to assist in warrantless surveillance of certain customers, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review (FISC) said in a ruling released Thursday. The redacted decision, dated August 22, 2008, was a response to the unnamed firm's challenge to …

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by Christian Ehret

The US has not formally asked the European Union (EU) to accept detainees from Guantanamo Bay following US President-elect Barack Obama's planned closing of the facility, according to a Thursday statement from European Commission vice president Jacques Barrot during the Informal Meeting of Ministers for Justice and Home Affairs [press …

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