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Legal news from Saturday, January 12, 2013
by Julia Zebley

The US Supreme Court granted certiorari in six new cases on Friday. In Salinas v. Texas [cert. petition, PDF; docket] the court will consider the boundaries of the Fifth Amendment right to remain silent prior to arrest. Genovevo Salinas was suspected of being involved in a murder. He consented to a search of …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

Greece's Hellenic Parliament approved new tax legislation on Saturday so that the country can pay back loans so that it can continue receiving financial aid. The new legislation would bring the new top-tier tax level to 42 percent for individuals earning more than $56,000 a year, a drastic change from the previous top rate, …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Saturday called on the Venezuela government to end its censorship and intimidation of media that challenge official reports regarding President Hugo Chavez. Chavez supporters are trying to keep details about his condition and treatment secret, with government agents going so far as to confiscate the …

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by Cynthia Miley

Mali interim president Dioncounda Traore, while under pressure from Mali's military, declared a state of emergency on Friday after Islamist rebels on Thursday captured the town of Konna. Traore called for Mali to engage in a general mobilization to defend against the rebel's advance. France's President Francois Hollande issued a …

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by Cynthia Miley

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the Federal Reserve are expected next week to issue a cease-and-desist order to JPMorgan Chase & Co. to improve its systems and procedures for monitoring transactions and risk. While It is not yet expected that the bank will be fined, the Treasury Department's …

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