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Legal news from Tuesday, June 7, 2011
by Zach Zagger

California Governor Jerry Brown submitted a plan Tuesday to reduce the state's prison population by over 30,000 inmates to satisfy a court order to reduce prison overcrowding. The plan is a response to the Supreme Court's decision in Brown v. Plata to …

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by Zach Zagger

Former Icelandic prime minister Geir Haarde pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges that he was grossly negligent for failing to stop the nation's banking collapse during the 2008 financial crisis. Haarde vowed that he would prove his innocence and claimed that the charges were a result of the first political …

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by Zach Zagger

Egypt officially declared the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) legal Tuesday for the first time since the powerful political organization's inception nearly 80 years ago. An Egyptian elections commission approved the formation of the MB's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP). The MB announced the FJP on April 30, which is set to challenge for …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Tuesday condemned the killings of protesters along the border between Golan Heights and Syria. Pillay reported that between 30 and 40 protesters had been killed by Israeli security forces along the ceasefire line between the occupied borders. Nearly 20 civilian protesters were reportedly killed …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

Syrian and international human rights groups on Monday urged the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate the hundreds of civilian deaths during protests against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The ICC prosecutor's office indicated it could not investigate the killings because it can prosecute only those crimes committed by nationals of ICC member …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

Eric Lipkin, payroll manager for Bernard L Madoff Investment Securities LLC, pleaded guilty on Monday to six criminal counts in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York related to his involvement in a Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors of billions of dollars. Lipkin admitted to falsifying …

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by Zach Zagger

The US Senate Tuesday approved Donald Verrilli, Jr, as the next Solicitor General by a vote of 72-16, taking the position left open since Elena Kagan was sworn in to the Supreme Court last August. Verrilli is a veteran Supreme Court lawyer and former clerk for …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The Wyoming Supreme Court ruled Monday that a same-sex couple married in Canada can get a divorce in Wyoming. The couple was legally married in Canada in 2008 and began divorce proceedings in Wyoming, where the couple resides. A district court determined it did not have subject-matter jurisdiction to adjudicate an action to dissolve a same-sex …

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by Michael Haggerson

The Connecticut Senate on Saturday approved by a 19-18 vote SB 1014 which provides for the decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana. The vote was at 18-18 until Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman broke the deadlock. The bill must now be passed by the Connecticut House of Representatives to become law. …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

Four former security guards for Blackwater, now known as Xe Services, on Monday filed a petition challenging an appeals court ruling that reinstated a manslaughter case against them. The suit revolves around a 2007 shooting incident in the Nisour Square area of Baghdad that left 17 Iraqi civilians dead. A …

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by Michael Haggerson

Kenyan Attorney General Amos Wako on Monday appealed the refusal by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to transfer two cases against high-ranking Kenyan officials for their alleged involvement in the violence after the 2007 Kenyan elections. In response, the ICC called for a hearing "to properly assess the desirability and …

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