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Legal news from Sunday, June 23, 2013
by Blake Lynch

Judge Simeon Lake of the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas on Friday reduced the prison sentence of former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling from more than 24 years in prison to 14 years. As a term of the deal reached between Skilling and the government, more than $40 …

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by Blake Lynch

A new anti-piracy bill allowing for websites to be blocked by Internet service providers (ISPs) upon copyright infringement claims passed through its final two readings in Russia's State Duma on Friday. Under the terms of the new bill [Itar-Tass report], failure to remove site content suspected of infringement within 72 hours would result in the …

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by Addison Morris

UN Independent Expert on human rights in Sudan, Mashood Adebayo Baderin, said Friday after his third visit to Sudan that the human rights situation in the country has undergone positive improvements, but expressed his concern about the ongoing hostilities in Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan States. Baderin acknowledged the significant improvement in …

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by Addison Morris

Moroccan courts are relying too heavily on coerced confessions and delaying trial proceedings, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Friday, calling for reform of the country's judicial system. The 131-page report, entitled "Just Sign Here: Unfair Trials Based on Confessions to the Police in Morocco," examines numerous cases in which the judicial system violated due process …

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