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Legal news from Friday, April 6, 2012
by Jerry Votava

Judge Gregory Frost of the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio on Wednesday denied a motion for an injunction to delay the execution of Mark Wiles. Frost, who had previously stayed the executions of two inmates when he agreed with the argument that Ohio's execution procedures were haphazard, found that the new …

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by Jerry Votava

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia has approved a $25 billion settlement agreement to address mortgage loan servicing and foreclosure abuses. The settlement was between US Attorney General Eric Holder, along with Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and 49 state attorneys general and …

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by Jaimie Cremeans

The Center for American Progress (CAP) released a report on Wednesday criticizing the tide of recently-passed state voter ID laws as an attempt by conservatives and lobbyists to "return to past practices of voter suppression to preserve their political power." The report details new restrictions on registration in six states and laws in nine states that …

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by Matthew Pomy

The US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Thursday sentenced reputed Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout to 25 years imprisonment. Bout, 45, was convicted in November on four counts of conspiracy in relation to his proposed sale of anti-aircraft missiles to drug …

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by Matthew Pomy

The Supreme Court of Illinois ruled Thursday that a challenge to a ban on assault weapons can continue, reversing two lower court rulings dismissing the challenge. The Cook County ordinance in question prohibits the possession and sale of "assault weapons." The ordinance bans high-capacity, rapid-fire rifles and pistols and was amended in 2006 to …

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by Michael Haggerson

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Thursday overturned an order dismissing a $1 billion copyright infringement suit against Google, by Viacom, for Google's YouTube service. The lower court initially dismissed Viacom's suit in June 2010 finding that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act …

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by Michael Haggerson

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) responded to a request by the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to explain whether federal courts could overturn laws passed by Congress. The federal court made the request on Tuesday in response to comments last week from US President Barack Obama [official …

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