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Legal news from Friday, August 2, 2013
by Kimberly Bennett

UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic on Thursday held a press conference in the Central African Republic (CAR), where he addressed the international community, urging them to remember the fragile state of CAR. Simonovic described the weak transitional government, lack of social services, lack of police protection and the alarming state …

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by Kimberly Bennett

Italy's Supreme Court of Cassation on Thursday upheld a jail sentence for former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, who was convicted of tax fraud in October. The court's decision upholds a four-year prison sentence, marking his first definitive court conviction after years of court battles over charges, including paying a minor for sex. The …

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by G. Redd

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn on Thursday signed House Bill 1 into law, making Illinois the twenty-first state to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes. The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act is one of the strictest laws to do so, requiring users of the drug to carry an identification card, enroll in a confidential multi-agency …

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by G. Redd

A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Thursday approved a settlement wherein Citigroup will pay its investors over $590 million for misrepresenting its assets in securities linked to the sub-prime mortgage crisis. The case reached a preliminary settlement in April, …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report Thursday documenting brutality by Bangladeshi security forces in responding to street protests, resulting in the death of at least 150 protesters and the injury of at least 2,000 since February. Brad Adams, executive director of HRW's Asia Division, urged the government to take firm action to rein …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Wednesday struck down Regulation II (Debit Card Interchange Fees and Routing) of the Federal Reserve, which held that the maximum interchange fee a bank can receive from a single debit card transaction is 21 cents. US District Judge …

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