Legal news from Sunday, August 4, 2013
14:08 EDT

[JURIST] A Brazilian court on Saturday sentenced 25 police officers to lengthy prison terms for their role in the 1992 Carandiru prison massacre. Each defendant was sentenced [BBC report] to 624 years for the use of deadly force during the riot, which was one of the worst of its kind [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] A jury for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia [official website] recommended Friday that three Somali pirates convicted [JURIST report] of murdering four Americans receive life in prison sentences. The attack, which took place in 2011 approximately 40 miles off the coast of Somalia, involved [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Friday urged an independent investigation [press release] into whether war crimes were committed when armed opposition groups in Syria allegedly executed dozens of captured government soldiers in Khan Al-Assal, a district in the northern province of Aleppo last [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Obama administration on Saturday overturned [official text, PDF] a US trade panel ban on the sale of older iPads and iPhones. In June the US International Trade Commission (ITC) [official website] banned the import or sale [text, PDF] of AT&T models of the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad [read more]

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