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Legal news from Saturday, October 26, 2013
by Matthew Pomy

An Egyptian court on Saturday threw out charges against former vice president Mohamed ElBaradei. ElBaradei, who served as vice president in the government set up by the military, stepped down in protest of the violence directed at protesters. It was this abandonment of his post that gave rise to the charges of "betrayal of trust." The …

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by Matthew Pomy

The lawyer for five Guantanamo Bay prisoners charged with plotting the September 11 attacks has asked President Barack Obama to declassify the CIA interrogation program that allegedly subjected prisoners to torture. The letter, made public on Friday, calls upon Obama to make the details of the CIA's rendition, detention and interrogation (RDI) program …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

The Russian State Duma voted in favor of strict new anti-terrorism legislation on Friday. The bill increases prison time for setting up a terrorist entity from 15 to 20 years in prison, and individuals convicted for participation in a terrorist group could now spend up to 10 years in …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), acting in its capacity as conservator for Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, on Friday announced a $5.1 billion settlement with JPMorgan Chase & Co.. The FHFA alleged that JPMorgan misrepresented the quality of the sub-prime mortgages and mortgage securities sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie …

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