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Legal news from Monday, May 5, 2014
by Benjamin Minegar

A military court for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Monday convicted two of 39 soldiers charged with raping more than 130 women in the province of South Kivu. Another 24 soldiers were convicted of looting. Sources indicate that rape convictions are extremely rare in the DRC and that having a trial at all represents a major step …

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by Benjamin Minegar

The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday in Robers v. United States that the Mandatory Victims Restitution Act (MVRA) requires restitution calculation based upon the property a lender loses, not upon the collateral the lender receives. In 2005, petitioner Benjamin Robers submitted fraudulent loan applications seeking $470,000 for the purchase of two residences. …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday in Town of Greece v. Galloway that the practice of opening town meetings with a prayer does not violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled in 2012 that the New …

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by Addison Morris

The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in T-Mobile South v. City of Roswell [docket; cert. petition, PDF] to determine what it means to satisfy the Telecommunications Act's "in writing" requirement. The court shall determine whether a state or local government document determining that an application to place, construct, or modify a …

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by Addison Morris

The Vatican appeared before the Geneva committee that oversees the UN Convention Against Torture on Monday, arguing that a strict interpretation of the convention limited the church's responsibility for the international priest sex abuse scandal. The universal governing structure of the Catholic church has insisted that their obligation to protect against torture does not extend worldwide, …

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