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Legal News
27 Feb 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] A former aide of Osama Bin Laden has been found guilty [opinion, text] on Thursday of plotting the 1998 al-Qaeda bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people. Extradited from the UK to the US in 2012, Saudi national Khalid Al-Fawwaz was convicted on four … [read more]

Legal News
5 Feb 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The Spanish National Court [official website, in Spanish] on Wednesday sentenced [press release, in Spanish] six Somali pirates to 16 years in prison for an October 2012 attack on the Spanish boat Izurdia. While attempting to attack the tuna boat off the coast of Somalia, the men were repelled … [read more]

Legal News
18 Dec 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk

Federal prosecutors sued [case materials] New York City on Thursday over violent conditions at Rikers Island prison [official website]. The lawsuit comes after an August report [text] by the US Attorneys Office for the Southern District of New York, which found [JURIST report] a "deep-seated culture of violence" against teenage … [read more]

Legal News
5 Aug 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] released a report [press release] Monday finding that the New York City Department of Correction [official website] has routinely violated the constitutional rights of male teenagers at the Rikers Island jail complex. The report was released after a multi-year investigation pursuant … [read more]

Legal News
15 Jul 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Citigroup, Inc. on Monday agreed to pay $7 billion to settle a federal inquiry into mortgage-backed securities sold by the bank prior to the country's financial crisis. The deal, which involves one of the largest cash penalties [NYT report] ever paid to settle such allegations, includes [WSJ report] a … [read more]

Legal News
2 Jul 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] BNP Paribas (BNPP) [corporate website] pleaded guilty [press release] on Monday to criminal charges of violating US sanctions and will pay a penalty of almost $9 billion. The French bank has been under investigation for violating US money laundering laws by helping clients from Iran, Sudan and Cuba dodge … [read more]

Legal News
5 May 2014
by Benjamin Minegar

[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]

Legal News
20 Mar 2014
by Amy Mathieu

[JURIST] Thailand's anti-graft commission indicted Senate President Nikom Wairatpanij [official profile] for alleged wrongdoing when he ended the debate on a bill to amend the Thai constitution [materials] even though members still wanted to discuss the bill further. Wairatpanij has been accused of malfeasance for not being neutral during the … [read more]

25 Feb 2014

JPMorgan Chase & Co. Settlements with the US Department of Justice The US Department of Justice announced on November 19, 2013 that JPMorgan Chase & Co. had agreed to a record-setting $13 billion settlement over its risky mortgage practices that played a role in the 2008 financial crisis. News of … [read more]

Legal News
24 Feb 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website; JURIST news archive] on Sunday condemned [press release] the recent escalating violence in Thailand and called for a cessation of violence, asking the government to bring all responsible parties to justice. Additionally, the Secretary-General urged all parties involved to respect human rights, and … [read more]

Legal News
19 Feb 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The Civil Court of Thailand [official website] on Wednesday ruled that orders targeting anti-government protesters from the Prime Minister and a Special Security Command Center under the special security law known as the Internal Security Act [JURIST report] were unconstitutional, violating the protesters' constitutional rights. In addition to ruling … [read more]

Legal News
18 Feb 2014
by Stephen Adelgren

[JURIST] Thailand's National Anti-Corruption Agency [official website, in Thai] on Tuesday formally charged [text, PDF, in Thai] Prime Minister Yingluck Sinawatra [BBC profile] with neglect of duty relating to management of the country's multi-billion dollar rice-subsidy program. The charges allege [WSJ report] that Shinawatra failed to adequately address reports of … [read more]

Legal News
5 Feb 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) [corporate website] will pay the US government $614 million and improve company mortgage lending practices under a settlement announced Tuesday for claims it approved thousands of unqualified home mortgage loans for government insurance since 2002 and cost the government millions of dollars when the … [read more]

Legal News
26 Jan 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] An anti-government protest leader was killed in Bangkok on Sunday. Suthin Thararin, a protest leader for the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) [Facebook page], was shot to death [Reuters report] in front of the Sri Eiam Temple in Bangkok while demonstrators blocked a voting station, according to Police Col. … [read more]

Legal News
23 Jan 2014
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Wednesday in two cases. In Paroline v. United States [transcript, PDF], the court is considering whether a causal relationship must exist under 18 USC § 2259 [text] between a defendant's conduct and the victim's harm in order … [read more]

Academic Commentary
26 Dec 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Susan Herman of the Brooklyn Law School says that the Second Circuit's Ghailani decision is both novel and disturbing because the court relied on the departure from one principle—detention for the purposes of interrogation—as justification or the departure from another principle—the right to a speedy trial ...My … [read more]

Legal News
12 Nov 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] A federal judge on Monday recommended that e-mails and other data collected by a large due-diligence firm for Wall Street banks should be turned over to the Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website], a move that may determine which banks the government will bring to court for their part … [read more]

Legal News
17 Aug 2013
by Blake Lynch

[JURIST] Zimbabwe's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) [party website] on Friday dropped [press release] a legal challenge against the recent presidential election results, claiming that they would not receive a fair hearing. President Robert Mugabe [BBC profile] who has governed Zimbabwe since it gained its independence in 1980, and his … [read more]

Legal News
7 Aug 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Tuesday filed suit [complaint, PDF] against Bank of America (BOA) [corporate website] in the US District Court for the Western District of North Carolina [official website], claiming the corporation misled investors about securitized loans worth more than $850 million. The … [read more]

Legal News
7 Jan 2013
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] Bank of America (BOA) on Monday reached a $10.3 billion settlement with Fannie Mae [corporate websites] to settle [press release] claims that Countrywide Financial Corporation [NYT backgrounder], now a BOA subsidiary, employed faulty lending practices on $1.4 trillion in mortgages that were sold to Fannie Mae as investment products … [read more]

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