Legal news from Friday, April 6, 2012

[JURIST] Judge Gregory Frost of the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio [official website] on Wednesday denied a motion for an injunction to delay the execution of Mark Wiles. Frost, who had previously stayed the executions of two inmates [JURIST report] when he agreed with the argument … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] has approved a $25 billion settlement agreement to address mortgage loan servicing and foreclosure abuses. The settlement [Reuters report] was between US Attorney General Eric Holder, along with Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary … [read more]

[JURIST] The Center for American Progress (CAP) [advocacy website] released a report [text] on Wednesday criticizing the tide of recently-passed state voter ID laws as an attempt by conservatives and lobbyists to "return to past practices of voter suppression to preserve their political power." The report details new restrictions on … [read more]

[JURIST] The US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Thursday sentenced [memorandum, PDF] reputed Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to 25 years imprisonment. Bout, 45, was convicted in November [JURIST report] on four counts of conspiracy [press release] in … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Illinois [official website] ruled [text, PDF] Thursday that a challenge to a ban on assault weapons can continue, reversing two lower court rulings dismissing the challenge. The Cook County ordinance [text] in question prohibits the possession and sale of "assault weapons." The ordinance bans high-capacity, … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Thursday overturned [opinion, PDF] an order dismissing a $1 billion copyright infringement suit against Google, by Viacom [corporate websites], for Google's YouTube [media website; JURIST news archive] service. The lower court initially dismissed [JURIST report] Viacom's suit … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] responded [letter, PDF] to a request by the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] to explain whether federal courts could overturn laws passed by Congress. The federal court made the request [JURIST report] on Tuesday in response … [read more]

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