Legal news from Friday, November 9, 2012
14:11 EDT

[JURIST] Opponents of Washington's new law [SB 6239, PDF] legalizing same-sex marriage [JURIST backgrounder] conceded defeat Thursday in their efforts for a referendum veto. Referendum 74 [text] gave Washington voters the choice to accept or reject the state same-sex marriage legislation, which was signed [JURIST report] into law by Governor [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] announced [press release] Friday that MoneyGram International, Inc. [corporate website; Bloomberg backgrounder] entered into a deferred prosecution agreement with the DOJ. According to the DOJ, MoneyGram admitted "to criminally aiding and abetting wire fraud and failing to maintain an effective anti-money [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] affirmed [order list, PDF] a stay of execution late Thursday night for Pennsylvania inmate Hubert Michael. The Supreme Court's decision affirms the 14-day stay of execution [Philadelphia Inquirer report] allowed by the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit [official website] earlier [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] Irwin Lipkin, a former controller of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, (BLMIS) pleaded guilty [press release] in a Manhattan federal court Thursday to falsifying records. The full range of charges [text, PDF] to which Lipkin has pleaded guilty include conspiracy to commit securities fraud, to make false filings [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] Fear of deportation prevents many migrant women in Belgium from seeking necessary protection from domestic violence, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said in a report [text, PDF] released Friday. The 57-page report, entitled "'The Law was Against Me': Migrant Women's Access to Protection for Family Violence in Belgium," [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Thursday rejected [judgment, PDF] a third request for early release for former Bosnian Serb parliament speaker Momcilo Krajisnik [ICTY materials; JURIST news archive]. Krajisnik was convicted [JURIST report] in 2006 of persecution, extermination, murder, deportation and inhumane [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana [official website] on Thursday heard arguments regarding approval of a class-action settlement agreement between British Petroleum (BP) [corporate website] and various individuals and businesses affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Attorneys on [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge at the US District Court for the District of Arizona [official website] sentenced Jared Lee Loughner to life in prison [judgment, PDF] on Thursday for killing six people in the January 2011 Tucson shooting. The shooting also injured thirteen people, including former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) [read more]

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