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Legal news from Friday, July 26, 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The North Carolina General Assembly on Thursday approved a bill that will require voters to present government-issued photo identification at the polls. The legislation was approved by the state house by a vote of 73-41 after the senate approved it by a vote of 33-14. The vote was split mainly along party lines, with …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Thursday that Halliburton Energy Services has agreed to plead guilty to destroying evidence in connection with the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Halliburton stands accused of destroying the results of an internal investigation into the …

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by G. Redd

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Thursday intervened in the public hearing of the Constitutional Court to defend the Framework for Peace, a proposed constitutional amendment that brought about peace talks with the FARC and ELN, two rebel paramilitary groups. The country has …

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by G. Redd

US Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) on Thursday introduced a bill to address popular concerns about personal privacy and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. If the bill is passed, the court will be presided over by judges that are nominated by the president and confirmed by congress. Additionally, it would require implementation of an …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

The US Attorney for the Southern District of New York on Thursday filed a announced charges against SAC Capital Advisors, the hedge fund run by billionaire Steven Cohen. Although Cohen was not charged in the indictment, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed a civil action [text, …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

US Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Thursday that the Department of Justice (DOJ) will ask a federal court in Texas to subject the state to a preclearance regime similar to the one required by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA). In June, the US …

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by Daniel Mullen

China's former Communist Party leader Bo Xilai has been formally charged with corruption, embezzlement and abuse of power, the state-run news agency, Xinhua, announced on Thursday. Bo allegedly used his position in the Communist Party of China (CPC) to accept bribes in the form of property and money for himself and others. Bo's …

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by Daniel Mullen

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Thursday condemned the assassination of Tunisian opposition leader and member of the National Constituent Assembly, Mohamed Brahmi. Brahmi was shot dead outside his home in Tunis, sparking protests throughout the country. Pillay called upon Tunisian authorities to investigate the assassination and …

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