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Legal news from Saturday, September 1, 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans

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 are two retired army reserve members, Colonel Sebastiao de Moura and Major Licio Maciel, accused of kidnappings during suppression of the Araguaia guerilla movement between 1972 …

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by Jaimie Cremeans

The US Supreme Court on Friday added two new cases 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 court when there is dispute over whether the amount in …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio issued a preliminary injunction on Friday that will prevent Ohio Secretary of State John Husted from limiting early election voting in the three days preceding the election to members of the Armed Forces. In deciding that polls must be kept open to …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

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, was sentenced after being convicted of disturbing public order. He was taken into custody last Sunday following comments he made at Popular …

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