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Legal News
3 days ago
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The chief prosecutor of Zimbabwe was charged Tuesday with obstructing justice after he dropped a case against the men accused of plotting to bomb a dairy operated by members of President Robert Mugabe's [BBC backgrounder] family. He was officially charged with [AFP report] "abuse of office and obstructing justice" … [read more]

Legal News
20 Jan 2016
by Emelina Perez

Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court ruled Wednesday that neither boys nor girls can legally marry under the age of 18, even in unregistered, customary or religious unions. Previously, the Marriage Act allowed girls to be married at the age of 18 and boys to be married at the age of 16 and … [read more]

Legal News
12 Jan 2016
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Venezuelan Supreme Court on Monday ruled that decisions from the opposition dominated General Assembly [official websites, in Spanish] are void until three barred lawmakers are relieved from their seats. The three lawmakers are part of an anti-government party that threatens the structure of the government. The court believes … [read more]

Legal News
7 Jan 2016
by Ashley Hogan

Venezuela's National Assembly [official website, in Spanish] swore in [press release, in Spanish] three opposition deputies on Tuesday despite a Supreme Court ruling that barred [JURIST report] the induction of the elected lawmakers. The ruling suspended four elected lawmakers for alleged election fraud in the December 6 elections. The elections … [read more]

Legal News
2 Jan 2016
by Gwenyth Gamble

The Venezuelan Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish] on Wednesday blocked four recently elected lawmakers from taking their seats in the General Assembly [official website, in Spanish]. Three are anti-government and one is member of the socialist party [AP report]. The presence of these lawmakers on the assembly would place … [read more]

Academic Commentary
3 Nov 2015
by Benjamin G. Davis of University of Toledo College of Law
edited by Alix Ware

JURIST Guest Columnist Benjamin G. Davis of the University of Toledo College of Law discusses the recent decision in Meshal v. Higgenbotham... In the Meshal decision on Friday, October 23, 2015, the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit found (as did the district court below) what FBI agents … [read more]

Legal News
25 Oct 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] US Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara [official profile] on Thursday dropped [press release] a high-profile insider trading case, stating that he is moving to dismiss the charges against seven defendants. The defendants are former SAC Capital Advisors LP (now Point72 Asset Management) [official website] … [read more]

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
by Zachariah Rivenbark

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]

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