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2 days ago
by Alonso Diaz

The US House of Representatives [official website] on Thursday passed a bill that would end a Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] initiative aimed at removing certain industries from the banking system. The Financial Institution Customer Protection Act of 2015 [materials] would end the DOJ's initiative called "Operation Choke Point" … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jan 2016
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

A court in India on Friday convicted [Indian Express report] six of the eight accused of gang raping and murdering a 20-year-old college student in the Kamduni village district of the state of West Bengal. The conviction comes after more than two-and-a-half years since the incident, which prompted strong public … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jan 2016
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday in Musacchio v. US [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that sufficiency of the evidence appeals should not be based on the elements in an erroneous jury instruction, but rather on the elements of the crime charged. Musacchio was found guilty of unauthorized … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jan 2016
by Emelina Perez

The Pennsylvania Superior Court [official website] on Friday, in three separate opinions, overturned several charges for three Pennsylvania State University [official website] administrators accused of playing a role in covering up the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal. The defendants argued that a former lawyer of the university, Cynthia Baldwin, should … [read more]


Legal News
24 Dec 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] denied [opinion, PDF] on Wednesday a motion to dismiss the criminal charges against Ahmed Salim Faraj Abu Khatallah arising from the 2012 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Abu Khatallah was indicted on 18 counts and … [read more]


Legal News
18 Dec 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Brazil's Supreme Court [official website, in Portuguese] on Thursday ruled [transcript, PDF] on two measures to set the stage for impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff [BBC backgrounder]. The first ruling requires the re-formation of a congressional committee set up to guide Rousseff's impeachment through Congress. The committee, set … [read more]


Legal News
9 Dec 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The Federal Supreme Court of Brazil [official website] on Wednesday suspended impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff [BBC profile] until the court can determine the constitutional validity of a secret ballot. The vote is to determine whether the congressional committee appointed to carry out the impeachment is stacked with … [read more]


Legal News
3 Dec 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Impeachment proceedings were opened against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff [BBC profile] on Wednesday for allegations of violating fiscal laws and manipulating finances. Rousseff's political enemy and speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Eduardo Cunha [official profile, in Portuguese] accepted a request [JURIST report] from opposition lawyers to begin the … [read more]


Legal News
25 Nov 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] An appellate court in Wisconsin ruled [opinion] Tuesday that the application of a state law that prohibits possession of certain knives violates the Second Amendment [text] right to bear arms. The law in Wisconsin regarding the Possession of a Switchblade Knife [§ 941.24(1), text] prohibits possession of "any knife … [read more]


Legal News
24 Nov 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A Thailand military court on Tuesday indicted two foreigners who authorities believe were involved in the Erawan Shrine bombing last August. The two men from the western China's Xinjiang region have been charged [AP report] with 10 counts, including conspiracy to explode bombs and to commit premeditated murder. An … [read more]


Legal News
11 Nov 2015
by Justin Cosgrove

Federal prosecutors in New York announced [press release] Tuesday that they are expanding criminal charges [indictment, PDF] against the three individuals responsible for orchestrating a massive computer hack against financial institutions, brokerage firms and financial news publishers. Gery Shalon, Joshua Aaron and Ziv Orenstein allegedly hacked JP Morgan Chase and … [read more]


Legal News
22 Oct 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Two Brazilian lawyers filed a new petition on Wednesday in a renewed attempt to impeach President Dilma Rousseff [BBC profile], alleging she forged accounts in 2014. On Monday a parliamentary commission found there was no proof [TeleSUR report] that Rousseff, her predecessor or Petrobas [corporate website] were involved in … [read more]


Legal News
18 Oct 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Vanuatu authorities arrested 11 lawmakers on Saturday who had last week pardoned themselves of their corruption convictions while the president was away from the country. The arrests [AP report] came as President Baldwin Lonsdale [BBC profile] revoked the pardons [Guardian report] of the 14 lawmakers who have been convicted … [read more]


Legal News
14 Oct 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] Brazil's Supreme Court [official website, in Portuguese] on Tuesday issued [press release, in Portuguese] an injunction [text, PDF, in Portuguese] freezing opposition party efforts to start impeachment deliberations against President Dilma Rousseff [BBC profile]. Despite the injunction, lower house speaker Eduardo Cunha [official profile, in Spanish] said that he … [read more]


Legal News
9 Oct 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Brazil's Federal Accounts Court (TCU) [official website, in Portuguese] on Wednesday determined [press release, in Portuguese] that President Dilma Rousseff's government accounting practices were illegal. Rousseff's administration allegedly [Al Jazeera report] took out unauthorized loan money from state banks to cover budget shortfalls. The ruling will be sent to … [read more]


Legal News
7 Oct 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Tuesday on two cases. In Ocasio v. US [transcript, PDF] the court heard arguments on whether [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] a conspiracy to commit extortion requires that the conspirators agree to obtain property from someone outside the conspiracy. The … [read more]


Legal News
5 Oct 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday rejected [order list, PDF] an appeal [text, PDF] by the US Department of Justice [official website] in the case of two former hedge fund traders whose insider trading convictions were overturned by a lower court in December. The traders, Todd Newman … [read more]


Legal News
3 Oct 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Brazil's Federal Supreme Court [official website, in Portuguese] ruled Friday that officials investigating corruption allegations at Petrobras [official website], a state-run oil company, may question former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva [CNN profile] as a witness. In ruling on the motion filed September 11, Justice Teori Zavascki [official … [read more]


Legal News
28 Sep 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Lebanese journalist Karma Khayat was fined €10,000 Monday following her refusal to take down Internet videos made in 2012. The videos risked exposing [Reuters report] the identities of witnesses in the case of the 2005 assassination of former prime minister Rafik al-Hariri. Khayat had been ordered by the court … [read more]


Legal News
22 Sep 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A Brazil court on Monday sentenced former treasurer of the country's governing Worker's Party [party website, in Portuguese] Joao Vaccari Neto to 15 years and four months in jail for charges stemming from his connection to the Petrobras [official website] corruption scandal. Vaccari was found guilty [BBC report] of … [read more]

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