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Legal news from Wednesday, February 26, 2014
by Daniel Mullen

A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Texas ruled Wednesday that Article 1, Section 32 of the Texas constitution, which defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman, violates the federal constitutional guarantee of equal protection and due process. The lawsuit includes two same-sex couples; one wishing …

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by Daniel Mullen

The US Supreme Court ruled 7-2 Wednesday in Chadbourne & Parke LLP v. Troice that the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act of 1998 (SLUSA) does not bar the plaintiffs' state law class action suit. The lawsuit was brought by the victims of the multibillion dollar Ponzi scheme orchestrated by Allen Stanford …

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by Bradley McAllister

British police counter-terrorism forces announced on Tuesday the arrest of Moazzam Begg in his hometown of Birmingham, England, along with three other individuals on suspicion of terrorism offenses related to the war in Syria. Begg was a detainee at Guantanamo Bay, and he was one of the last detainees from the UK to …

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by Bradley McAllister

Turkish President Abdullah Gul approved a law on Wednesday which increases government control over the appointment of judges and prosecutors in the country. The new law grants the Ministry of Justice greater control over the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK), an independent body responsible for appointing members …

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by Dominic Yobbi

Apple filed a brief Wednesday with the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit asking the court to either overturn a ruling from last year that Apple violated anti-trust laws or grant a new trial in front of different judges. Apple argues that the case management order that brought the case together …

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by Peter Snyder

The trial of the first suspect to be transferred from the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) to the Rwandan national court system began Wednesday. The Tanzanian-based UN tribunal transferred Jean Bosco Uwinkindi in April 2012 to stand trial for his role in the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. Uwinkindi, a former …

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by Peter Snyder

A municipal court in Russia on Tuesday sentenced several prominent Russian opposition leaders, including Aleksei Navalny, to jail sentences of up to 10 days for participating in a rally near the Kremlin on Monday. More than 400 protesters were detained Monday after demonstrators gathered on Manezh Square to protest prison …

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by Ann Schober

US Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday that he is urging Congress to create a "strong national standard" requiring businesses to immediately notify consumers and law enforcement agencies when significant consumer data breaches occur. This announcement comes in the wake of two massive data breaches at major retailers Target and Neiman Marcus late last …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

The US Supreme Court ruled 6-3 Tuesday in Kaley v. United States that a criminal defendant who has been indicted is not constitutionally entitled to contest a grand jury's finding of probable cause underlying a pre-trial seizure of assets. The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled against the availability …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Tuesday in Robers v. United States. The case addresses the issue of whether a defendant who owes restitution for a fraudulently obtained loan returns a portion of the loan money by giving the lenders the collateral property that secures the money. Petitioner Benjamin Robers …

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