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[JURIST] 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 … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously Monday in Robers v. United States [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] 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 … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 Monday in Town of Greece v. Galloway [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that the practice of opening town meetings with a prayer does not violate the Establishment Clause [JURIST backgrounder] of the First Amendment [text]. The US Court of Appeals for the … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in T-Mobile South v. City of Roswell [docket; cert. petition, PDF] to determine what it means to satisfy the Telecommunications Act's [text] "in writing" requirement. The court shall determine whether a state or local government document … [read more]

[JURIST] The Vatican appeared before the Geneva committee [official websites] that oversees the UN Convention Against Torture [text] 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 … [read more]

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