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Legal news from Wednesday, August 7, 2013

[JURIST] The Uganda Parliament [official website] on Tuesday passed a new law that imposes restrictions on public meetings and gatherings in the country. The law requires that meetings of a political nature held between three or more people be authorized by the police and allows police to use force [AP … [read more]

[JURIST] Prosecutors from the US Attorneys Office for the Northern District of Illinois [official website] on Tuesday unsealed a criminal complaint [text, PDF] that was filed last month against two men for illegally lobbying US lawmakers on behalf of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. The complaint … [read more]

[JURIST] The Wisconsin Department of Justice on Tuesday appealed a federal judge's injunction [JURIST report] blocking a new law that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals within 30 miles of their clinics [WP report] and administer a mandatory ultrasound before a woman receives an abortion. DOJ … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Tuesday filed criminal charges in the deadly attack on the US diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya. The sealed complaint was filed in the US District Court for the Western District of Washington [official website] against an unspecified number of individuals. … [read more]

[JURIST] Colonel Denise Lind on Tuesday granted in part a defense motion [press release] to merge Pfc. Manning's convictions for sentencing purposes, reducing the possible maximum sentence from 136 to 90 years. Manning was convicted [JURIST report] of 20 counts of espionage, theft, and fraud last week for releasing military … [read more]

[JURIST] Texas officials responded [text, PDF] Monday to a US Department of Justice [official website] filing asking the US District Court for the Western District of Texas [official website] to subject the state to a preclearance regime similar to the one required by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act … [read more]

[JURIST] Chilean judge Mario Carroza on Monday rejected a request by human rights lawyer Eduardo Contreras to prosecute former general Fernando Matthei for murder. Matthei oversaw the military facility where General Alberto Bachelet was tortured to death in 1973 after Bachelet refused to support the military coup lead by Augusto … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Tuesday filed suit [complaint, PDF] against Bank of America (BOA) [corporate website] in the US District Court for the Western District of North Carolina [official website], claiming the corporation misled investors about securitized loans worth more than $850 million. The … [read more]

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