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Legal news from Tuesday, August 14, 2012

[JURIST] 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 … [read more]

[JURIST] A lawyer in Egypt filed an appeal on Tuesday challenging a declaration by Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], granting himself as president complete legislative and executive power. The appeal was filed in a Cairo court [ANSA report] by lawyer Mohamed Salem. Morsi's declaration, which was … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website] announced Tuesday that Wells Fargo [corporate website] will pay a $6.5 million fine [order, PDF] 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 … [read more]

[JURIST] A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website] on Tuesday ruled [decision, PDF] that police did not violate the Fourth Amendment [text] protection against illegal searches when they tracked a suspect's cell phone using the phone's global positioning system (GPS) [JURIST news … [read more]

[JURIST] A cousin of former Bosnian Serb Army commander Ratko Mladic [ICTY backgrounder; JURIST news archive] 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 … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court Eastern District of Virginia [official website] on Monday sentenced a convicted Somali pirate negotiator to a dozen life sentences. Judge Robert Doumar sentenced [Reuters report] Mohammad Shibin to serve 10 concurrent life sentences, two consecutive life sentences and two 20-year sentences, and … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Tuesday issued an order granting Google [corporate website] permission to appeal the grant of class action status to numerous authors who are suing the company over its book-scanning initiative [Google Book Search website]. The order grants Google … [read more]

[JURIST] A rights group reported [press release] 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) [advocacy website] declared that two prominent human rights … [read more]

[JURIST] Defense lawyers for former vice president of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) [BBC backgrounder], Jean-Pierre Bemba [case materials; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday opened their case in the International Criminal Court [official website; JURIST backgrounder]. Bemba is on trial for war crimes charges stemming from his activities as … [read more]

[JURIST] A US House of Representatives [official website] committee filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] on Monday seeking to compel Attorney General Eric Holder [official profile] to produce subpoenaed documents relating to a failed arms-tracking operation. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee [official website] has been investigating Operation Fast and … [read more]

[JURIST] The Obama administration urged [amicus brief, PDF] the US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday to uphold a policy at the University of Texas (UT) [official website] that considers applicants' race in its admissions criteria. The case involves a white applicant to UT who argues that she was denied … [read more]

[JURIST] A Ukrainian Court on Tuesday postponed the tax evasion trial of former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [personal website; JURIST news archive] after she declined to participate in the trial via a video link. A lawyer for Tymoshenko said [press release] that the court had again requested the video … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] exceeded its legal authority under the Clean Air Act (CAA) [text, PDF] when it disapproved a Texas plan to issue permits under the Act. Texas implemented … [read more]

[JURIST] Seven Guatemalans who alleged that they had been the subject of non-consensual human medical experimentation by the US Public Health Service (PHS) [official websites] in the 1940s appealed the dismissal [JURIST report] of their lawsuit to the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] … [read more]

[JURIST] England and Wales have decided to abolish [Law Commission statement] the centuries-old contempt of court law [text], which historically has protected judges from slander and libel. David Omerod [official profile], a commissioner for the Law Commission [official website] which reviews laws in England and Wales, stated that the contempt … [read more]

[JURIST] 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 [LAT report] to allow them to retain 6,000 more inmates than the original court order had determined, saying the state … [read more]

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