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Legal news from Thursday, July 7, 2011
by Zach Zagger

JPMorgan Chase & Co agreed to a $228 million settlement with the US Department of Justice (DOJ) over charges that it used fraudulent bidding practices for state and local government investment securities at taxpayers' expense. As part of the nonprosecution agreement, JPMorgan admits to and takes responsibility for its former employees engaging in …

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by Chris Morris

An EU official told the Miami Herald Wednesday that Europe is still willing to resettle Guantanamo Bay detainees despite Congress' efforts to prevent closure and transfers. In a display of commitment to a 2009 agreement with the US, the EU reiterated that detainees would still be accepted on a case-by-case basis. …

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by Zach Zagger

The Russia Presidential Council on Civil Society and Human Rights urged amnesty for economic crimes in a meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev Tuesday that would include amnesty for the crimes of former Russian oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky. Medvedev was receptive to the granting amnesties with …

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by Julia Zebley

The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled on Thursday that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) must revise its current media ownership rules, effectively reinstating a ban on owning a television station and newspaper in the same market. The ban, though not dissolved, had been relaxed in recent years. In 2007, …

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by Julia Zebley

The UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kyung-wha Kang spoke Tuesday on the importance of Haiti improving its human rights record, including trying ex-president Jean-Claude Duvalier. Stressing the importance of rebuilding after Haiti's recent earthquake, Kang said reform must create a new focus on human rights and equality in the nation. …

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by Chris Morris

A Dutch appeals court on Thursday sentenced Joseph Mpambara to life in prison for his role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Mpambara, a former member of extremist Hutu militia Interahamwe, which was responsible for the deaths of thousands of Tutsis, was convicted of torture in 2009 …

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by Zach Zagger

Former Serb nationalist politician and war crimes suspect Vojislav Seselj pleaded not guilty Wednesday in the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) to a third set of contempt charges for failing to remove confidential information from his website in violation of a tribunal order. Seselj entered his not guilty plea …

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by Julia Zebley

An Italian military tribunal in Verona on Wednesday convicted and sentenced nine German soldiers for participation in the murder of approximately 350 Italian civilians during World War 2. Three alleged participants died before the trial. The accused were all members of the Hermann Goring Division and killed Italians to stifle the resistance movement toward the …

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by Chris Morris

Apple filed a complaint against Samsung Electronics Tuesday with the US International Trade Commission (USITC) in an effort to bar importation of Samsung's smartphones and tablets. Apple claims Samsung's "Galaxy" line copies its iPhone and iPad technology. Apple's latest move comes just a week after Samsung …

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by Zach Zagger

The UK failed to fulfill its duty to uphold human rights during its occupation in Iraq from 2003 to 2004, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled in two cases Thursday. In Al-Skeini and Others v. the United Kingdom the ECHR held that the UK's assumption of authority for security and maintenance gave it …

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by Julia Zebley

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled Wednesday that the US government cannot withhold HIV/AIDS funding to organizations based on their prostitution stance, finding a violation of the First Amendment. Upholding the injunction issued by the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, the …

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by Erin Bock

A delegation from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Wednesday warned of a potential humanitarian crisis in Yemen. Hani al-Majali, the delegation's head, warned of the potential crisis during a press conference after meeting with Yemeni officials to discuss the findings of the delegation's 10-day mission to the country. …

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