FBI reports hate crime decrease for 2009

By |2010-11-29T20:32:42+00:00November 29th, 2010|Uncategorized|

[JURIST] The number of reported hate crime incidents and victims decreased in 2009, according to the FBI Hate Crime Statistics report [materials; press release] released Monday. The number of reported incidents was down to 6,604 from 7,783 in 2008, whi...

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Senate approves minority farmer settlements

By |2010-11-29T19:28:25+00:00November 29th, 2010|Uncategorized|

[JURIST] The US Senate [official website] on Friday authorized by voice vote settlements between the US government and minority farmers for alleged discrimination. The settlements include [AP report] $3.4 billion to resolve claims that the Department o...

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Ex-Guantanamo detainee acquitted on all but one charge

By |2010-11-29T15:24:14+00:00November 29th, 2010|Uncategorized|

[JURIST] The first civilian trial of an ex-Guantanamo detainee ended on Wednesday with the jury convicting [FBI press release] Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani [GlobalSecurity profile; JURIST news archive] on only one of 285 counts of conspiracy, murder and atte...

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Federal appeals court allows ruling against warrantless GPS tracking to stand

By |2010-11-29T12:20:37+00:00November 29th, 2010|Uncategorized|

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Friday declined [opinion, PDF] to rehear en banc a bid by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] to overturn a decision that prevents the governm...

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Attorneys: Companies conspired not to settle with flight attendants sickened by secondhand cigarette smoke

By |2010-11-28T23:16:53+00:00November 28th, 2010|Uncategorized|

Lawyers for flight attendants who say they were sickened by secondhand cigarette smoke want a judge to hit tobacco companies with $30 million in sanctions for crafting an agreement they say violates Florida's good faith laws.

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Jury: BankAtlantic misled investors

By |2010-11-27T23:45:22+00:00November 27th, 2010|Uncategorized|

BankAtlantic Bancorp misled investors about its banking subsidiary's financial health as South Florida's commercial real estate market headed downhill in the recession, a Miami federal jury found today in a shareholder class action. The verdict could b...

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Supreme Court to rule on Arizona campaign finance scheme

By |2010-11-27T12:01:36+00:00November 27th, 2010|Uncategorized|

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in four cases, consolidating two cases concerning campaign financing [JURIST news archive]. In Arizona Free Enterprise Club's Freedom C...

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11th Circuit to Rehear Death Penalty Case

By |2010-11-27T09:00:55+00:00November 27th, 2010|Uncategorized|

The full 11th Circuit said it will reconsider a ruling that struck down part of Georgia's death penalty law requiring proof beyond a reasonable doubt for mental retardation claims.

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