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Legal news from Tuesday, November 12, 2013
by Andrew Morgan

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by Cynthia Miley

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 reported to the BBC that the state of emergency and the curfew were both lifted at 4:00 PM local time. A court ruling prompted the move, and …

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by Cynthia Miley

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 last month against Navalny and his brother. No trial date has been set, but the penalties include up to 10 years imprisonment for theft and money …

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by Laura Klein Mullen

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday announced a settlement of the antitrust lawsuit opposing the merger of American Airlines and US Airways. The DOJ filed a proposed final judgment in the US District Court for the District of Columbia, which will allow the airlines to finalize …

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by Nicholas Tomsho

The US Supreme Court denied certiorari on Tuesday in Pruitt v. Nova Health Systems, letting stand an Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling striking down a law requiring women to be shown ultrasounds of the fetus before undergoing an abortion. Oklahoma officials appealed the case arguing that informational requirements support "the State's legitimate …

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by Amy Mathieu

The Court of Appeal for Ontario ruled Tuesday that Section 95 of the Criminal Code, which established a three-year minimum sentence for the possession of an unlicensed firearm and a five-year minimum sentence for the possession of an unlicensed firearm for repeat offenders, is unconstitutional. The court found that both minimums were …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in three cases. In Rosemond v. United States the court heard arguments on whether the offense of aiding and abetting the use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence or drug trafficking crime, in violation of 18 …

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by Laura Klein Mullen

The International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) on Tuesday indicted Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) 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, maintained his innocence on the charges of …

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by Bradley McAllister

The Council of Europe on Tuesday urged Russian President Vladimir Putin 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 into the administration of justice and protection of human rights in …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

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), a move that may determine which banks the government will bring to court for their part in the 2008 financial crisis. In October …

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by Theresa Donovan

The Thailand Senate rejected a bill on Monday that may have provided amnesty for crimes committed by self-exiled former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. The senate rejected the bill 141-0 after the Thai House of Representatives approved the bill 310-0 in its vote, which occurred almost two weeks earlier. …

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