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Legal news from Tuesday, February 11, 2014

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Monday denied [ruling, PDF] a motion by Apple [corporate website] requesting a temporary hold on the duties of the court appointed external compliance officer Michael Bromwich. The compliance monitor was installed in October by Judge Cote of … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Central District of California on Monday sentenced former Guatemalan soldier Jorge Sosa Orantes to a maximum of 10 years in federal prison for lying on his immigration forms about his role in a 1982 massacre in which around 200 people … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] will recognize and extend benefits to all same-sex marriages [text, PDF], including those performed in states that do not recognize them, as per a policy memorandum issued by US Attorney General Eric Holder [official profile] on Monday. The memo, which cites … [read more]

[JURIST] Nevada Attorney General [official website] Catherine Cortez Masto announced Monday that her office would no longer be pursuing its legal defense of the state's same-sex marriage ban, stating that recent decisions in the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] had rendered the state's arguments untenable. … [read more]

[JURIST] The Idaho Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously Monday that a woman in a same-sex marriage may adopt her partner's birth children. The couple was legally married in California in 2013 and Jane Doe I is the legal mother of two boys, aged 12 and 15. On … [read more]

[JURIST] Serbia's war crimes court sentenced nine former paramilitaries on Tuesday for their involvement in the genocide of ethnic Albanians in Kosovo in 1999. Of the 11 men on trial, only two escaped prison, with the rest receiving sentences [Reuters report] between two and 20 years for killing as many … [read more]

[JURIST] The non-profit financial reform advocacy group Better Markets [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [complaint] on Monday against the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] to block JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s (JPM) $13 billion settlement that resolved federal and state claims [JURIST report] arising from the bank's risky mortgage … [read more]

[JURIST] A panel of three federal judges in California on Monday granted [order, PDF] the state an extension [text, PDF] until February 28, 2016, to reduce overcrowding in its massive prison system. The California prison system currently houses about 120,000 inmates but is only designed to hold about 80,000. Included … [read more]

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