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Legal news from Tuesday, August 14, 2012
by Max Slater

A court in Egypt on Tuesday sentenced 14 Islamist members of the jihadist organization Al-Tawhid we Al-Jihad to death for their roles in a series of attacks in northern Sinai in July 2011. The Ismailiya Criminal Court, located in the city of Ismailiya on the west bank of the Suez Canal, convicted the 14 Islamists for …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

A lawyer in Egypt filed an appeal on Tuesday challenging a declaration by Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, granting himself as president complete legislative and executive power. The appeal was filed in a Cairo court by lawyer Mohamed Salem. Morsi's declaration, which was made on Sunday, effectively abolished a June declaration …

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by Max Slater

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced Tuesday that Wells Fargo will pay a $6.5 million fine for improperly selling high-risk mortgage securities to investors during the housing market crash in 2007. The SEC claimed that Wells Fargo did not adequately inform investors of the risk or complexity of the securities it …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Tuesday ruled that police did not violate the Fourth Amendment protection against illegal searches when they tracked a suspect's cell phone using the phone's global positioning system (GPS) signal. Melvin Skinner was convicted on drug charges after …

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by Dan Taglioli

A cousin of former Bosnian Serb Army commander Ratko Mladic on Tuesday received a suspended sentence of one year in prison for hiding the accused war criminal in his house for five years before Mladic was arrested in 2011. Branislav Mladic hid his cousin at his home in the village of Lazarevo …

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by Dan Taglioli

A judge for the US District Court Eastern District of Virginia on Monday sentenced a convicted Somali pirate negotiator to a dozen life sentences. Judge Robert Doumar sentenced Mohammad Shibin to serve 10 concurrent life sentences, two consecutive life sentences and two 20-year sentences, and ordered him to pay $5.4 million in restitution. Shibin was …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Tuesday issued an order granting Google permission to appeal the grant of class action status to numerous authors who are suing the company over its book-scanning initiative. The order grants Google permission to challenge a decision by a federal …

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by Max Slater

A rights group reported on Monday that two lawyers who are being detained by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have started a hunger strike to demonstrate against their allegedly illegal detentions. The UK-based Emirates Centre for Human Rights (ECHR) declared that two prominent human rights lawyers, Dr. Mohamed al Roken and Dr. Mohamed al Mansoor, …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Defense lawyers for former vice president of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Jean-Pierre Bemba on Tuesday opened their case in the International Criminal Court. Bemba is on trial for war crimes charges stemming from his activities as the military leader for the Movement for the Liberation of …

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by Dan Taglioli

A US House of Representatives committee filed a lawsuit on Monday seeking to compel Attorney General Eric Holder to produce subpoenaed documents relating to a failed arms-tracking operation. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has been investigating Operation Fast and Furious since April 2011, and its filing in the …

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by Max Slater

The Obama administration urged the US Supreme Court on Monday to uphold a policy at the University of Texas (UT) that considers applicants' race in its admissions criteria. The case involves a white applicant to UT who argues that she was denied admission to the school because of her race, in violation …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

A Ukrainian Court on Tuesday postponed the tax evasion trial of former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko after she declined to participate in the trial via a video link. A lawyer for Tymoshenko said that the court had again requested the video link option despite the fact that she had previously rejected …

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by Max Slater

The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled Monday that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) exceeded its legal authority under the Clean Air Act (CAA) when it disapproved a Texas plan to issue permits under the Act. Texas implemented an environmental plan known as a Flexible Permit Program [TCEQ …

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by Michael Haggerson

Seven Guatemalans who alleged that they had been the subject of non-consensual human medical experimentation by the US Public Health Service (PHS) in the 1940s appealed the dismissal of their lawsuit to the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Monday. The Guatemalans' suit was dismissed in June because …

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by Max Slater

England and Wales have decided to abolish the centuries-old contempt of court law, which historically has protected judges from slander and libel. David Omerod, a commissioner for the Law Commission which reviews laws in England and Wales, stated that the contempt of court law was obsolete and unnecessary to deal with …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

California officials have expressed doubt about the state's ability to comply with a court order to reduce its prison populations by 2013. California prison officials had asked the court to allow them to retain 6,000 more inmates than the original court order had determined, saying the state would comply with the "spirit of the order" by providing …

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