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Legal news from Tuesday, November 12, 2013

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[JURIST] Egypt's government on Tuesday lifted the country's state of emergency and evening curfew, which have been in place since August 14. An adviser to Prime Minster Hazem el-Beblawi [BBC profile] reported to the BBC that the state of emergency and the curfew were both lifted [BBC report] at 4:00 … [read more]

[JURIST] A Moscow court ruled Tuesday that the Russian government can seize the assets of Alexei Navalny, a prominent critic of President Vladimir Putin. Charges for theft and money laundering were filed [Reuters report] last month against Navalny and his brother. No trial date has been set, but the penalties … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Tuesday announced a settlement [press release; remarks] of the antitrust lawsuit opposing the merger of American Airlines and US Airways [corporate websites]. The DOJ filed a proposed final judgment [text, PDF] in the US District Court for the District of … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] denied certiorari [order list, PDF] on Tuesday in Pruitt v. Nova Health Systems [SCOTUSblog backgrounder], letting stand an Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling striking down [opinion] a law requiring women to be shown ultrasounds of the fetus before undergoing an abortion. Oklahoma officials appealed … [read more]

[JURIST] The Court of Appeal for Ontario [official website] ruled Tuesday that Section 95 of the Criminal Code [text], which established a three-year minimum sentence [text, PDF] for the possession of an unlicensed firearm and a five-year minimum sentence [text, PDF] for the possession of an unlicensed firearm for repeat … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Tuesday in three cases. In Rosemond v. United States [transcript, PDF; JURIST report] the court heard arguments on whether the offense of aiding and abetting the use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) [JURIST news archive] on Tuesday indicted Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) [party website; GlobalSecurity backgrounder] leader ATM Azharul Islam on six charges of crimes against humanity committed during the 1971 Liberation War. Azharul, who is now 61 and serving as the assistant secretary general of JI, … [read more]

[JURIST] The Council of Europe [official website] on Tuesday urged Russian President Vladimir Putin [press release] to extend preliminary reforms of the judicial system of the Russian Federation in order to strengthen the independence and impartiality of the judiciary. The announcement includes the findings of an investigation [report, PDF] into … [read more]

[JURIST] A federal judge on Monday recommended that e-mails and other data collected by a large due-diligence firm for Wall Street banks should be turned over to the Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website], a move that may determine which banks the government will bring to court for their part … [read more]

[JURIST] The Thailand Senate [official website] rejected a bill on Monday that may have provided amnesty for crimes committed by self-exiled former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra [Forbes profile; JURIST news archive]. The senate rejected the bill 141-0 after the Thai House of Representatives [official website] approved the bill [JURIST report] … [read more]

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