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Legal news from Saturday, January 5, 2013
by Jerry Votava

The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) on Friday filed a lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase & Co. for the sale of $2.2 billion of faulty residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) to credit unions. The securities were sold by Washington Mutual bank and its subsidiaries which were ultimately acquired by JPMorgan in 2008. The …

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by Samuel Franklin

A Nepalese army officer was arrested and charged in the UK on Friday with two counts of torture during his country's civil war in 2005. Colonel Kumar Lama, a 46-year-old officer currently serving in the UN mission in Sudan, was arrested at his East Sussex home by Metropolitan Police officers on Thursday. Lama appeared [BBC …

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by Jerry Votava

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said Friday that it has received "credible reports" of armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) recruiting and including children in the country's conflict. UNICEF reported that both pro-government and rebel forces have utilized children, and called for all groups to immediately stop …

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by Julia Zebley

The US Supreme Court granted certiorari in three cases on Friday. In Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl [docket; cert. petition, PDF] the court will consider whether the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) allows a non-custodial parent to block an adoption by their non-Indian partner. In this case, a woman put her baby, who …

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by Samuel Franklin

A judge for the Provincial Court of British Columbia on Friday ruled that the federal government's mandatory-minimum sentence for the possession of a loaded and prohibited firearm is arbitrary and fundamentally unjust. Judge James Bahen ruled in the case of Glenn Harley Tetsuji Sheck, a 29-year-old male with no prior criminal record who was arrested …

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