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Legal news from Monday, April 21, 2014

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official profile] announced [DOJ press release] Monday that the Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] is expanding its criteria for recommending clemency to federal prisoners convicted of certain drug crimes. Holder's announcement recapped the Fair Sentencing Act (FSA) [text, PDF] that President Barack Obama … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Monday ordered [opinion, PDF] the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] to turn over a memorandum detailing the legal justification for the US government's targeted killing program. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] brought … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Monday in two cases. In Republic of Argentina v. NML Capital Ltd. [transcript, PDF] the court heard arguments on whether a hedge fund could subpoena banks for information about Argentina's non-US assets following the country's default on … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in three cases slated for argument during the October 2014 term. In Zivotofsky v. Kerry [SCOTUSblog backgrounder], the court will address the constitutionality of a federal statute requiring the Secretary of State, on request, to endorse … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) [official website] on Monday alleged that armed rebels engaged in ethnically targeted killings [press release, PDF] during a raid on the northern city of Bentiu last week, resulting in more than 200 civilian deaths and 400 injuries. Rebels loyal to deposed vice … [read more]

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