Legal news from Friday, August 2, 2013

[JURIST] 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 [press release] the fragile state of CAR. Simonovic described [UN News Centre report] the weak transitional government, lack of … [read more]

[JURIST] Italy's Supreme Court of Cassation [official website, in Italian] on Thursday upheld a jail sentence for former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, who was convicted [JURIST report] 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 … [read more]

[JURIST] Illinois Governor Pat Quinn [official website] on Thursday signed [press release] House Bill 1 [text] 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 … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Thursday approved a settlement [opinion, PDF] wherein Citigroup [corporate website] will pay its investors over $590 million for misrepresenting its assets in securities linked to the sub-prime mortgage crisis [JURIST news archive]. … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] released a report [text] 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 … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Wednesday struck down [opinion, PDF] Regulation II (Debit Card Interchange Fees and Routing) [text, PDF] of the Federal Reserve [official website], which held that the maximum interchange fee a bank can receive from a … [read more]

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