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Legal news from Wednesday, August 7, 2013
by Theresa Donovan

The Uganda Parliament 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 in order to break up gatherings being held without …

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by Theresa Donovan

Prosecutors from the US Attorneys Office for the Northern District of Illinois on Tuesday unsealed a criminal complaint that was filed last month against two men for illegally lobbying US lawmakers on behalf of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe. The complaint filed against Prince Asiel Ben Israel and C. Gregory Turner …

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by Endia Vereen

The Wisconsin Department of Justice on Tuesday appealed a federal judge's injunction blocking a new law that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals within 30 miles of their clinics and administer a mandatory ultrasound before a woman receives an abortion. DOJ attorneys filed the notice of appeal with the US Court …

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by Endia Vereen

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) 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 against an unspecified number of individuals. The charges are the first filed in connection with the …

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by G. Redd

Colonel Denise Lind on Tuesday granted in part a defense motion to merge Pfc. Manning's convictions for sentencing purposes, reducing the possible maximum sentence from 136 to 90 years. Manning was convicted of 20 counts of espionage, theft, and fraud last week for releasing military documents to Wikileaks. Linde combined 16 of the …

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by Samuel Franklin

Texas officials responded Monday to a US Department of Justice filing asking the US District Court for the Western District of 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 a 54-page filing, the …

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by Daniel Mullen

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 Pinochet. Contreras has attempted to …

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by Samuel Franklin

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday filed suit against Bank of America (BOA) in the US District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, claiming the corporation misled investors about securitized loans worth more than $850 million. The complaint alleges that BOA deceived investors regarding the level of …

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