Legal news from Saturday, September 1, 2012

[JURIST] A Brazilian federal judge in Para on Friday agreed to conduct the first trial against members of its former dictatorship for alleged crimes during the military's rule from 1964-1985. The defendants [AP report] are two retired army reserve members, Colonel Sebastiao de Moura and Major Licio Maciel, accused of … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Friday added two new cases [order list, PDF] to its docket for next term. The first case, The Standard Fire Insurance Co. v. Knowles [docket; cert. petition, PDF], involves the procedural issue of whether a class action can be removed to federal … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio [official website] issued a preliminary injunction on Friday that will prevent Ohio Secretary of State John Husted [official website] from limiting early election voting in the three days preceding the election to members of the Armed … [read more]

[JURIST] The secretary general of a leading Ivory Coast opposition party was sentenced on Friday to six months of imprisonment. Laurent Akoun of the Ivorian Popular Front, the party of former president Laurent Gbagbo [BBC profile], was sentenced [AFP report] after being convicted of disturbing public order. He was taken … [read more]

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