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Legal news from Tuesday, July 2, 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

The Egyptian Court of Cassation on Tuesday ordered President Mohammed Morsi to reinstate Abdel Meguid Mahmoud to his post as prosecutor-general (PG). Morsi appointed Talaat Abdallah as PG in November, pursuant to a controversial constitutional declaration which dismissed and replaced the Mubarak-era PG Mahmoud and immunized Morsi's own decisions from judicial appeal. The Cairo …

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by Benjamin Minegar

A United Arab Emirates (UAE) court on Tuesday gave sentences of up to 15 years in prison to 69 out of 94 people on trial for planning an Islamist coup. The group of defendants includes unnamed doctors, academics, lawyers and other professionals arrested over the past year for allegedly forming a secret network with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

Ohio Governor John Kasich signed new abortion restrictions into law Sunday night as part of the state's budget. The provisions will require ultrasounds for anyone seeking an abortion, make it more difficult for family planning services to obtain funding, and limit the ability of those providing abortions to make agreements with local hospitals. Planned …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

A Bahraini high criminal court on Monday acquitted two police officers on trial for the torture of six Shiite doctors during the uprising against the Sunni regime in 2011. The Grand Criminal Court's Third Chamber acquitted the two officers of all charges due to the lack of adequate evidence that the officers engaged in the torture of two female …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Monday affirmed the 2011 convictions and sentences of three former Wall Street traders who were charged in a broad crackdown on insider trading which has led to charges against 81 people since October 2009. The traders Zvi Goffer, Craig Drimal and Michael Kimelman, along with …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Monday overturned a lower court decision that had allowed authors challenging Google's digital books project to sue as a group. Google has scanned more than 20 million books after partnering in 2004 with major libraries around the world, and millions were scanned without …

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