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Legal news from Wednesday, June 18, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk

US officials on Tuesday arrested 89-year-old Johann Breyer on charges that he was a Nazi SS guard at Auschwitz and Buchenwald during World War II. Breyer has admitted to serving at Auschwitz but claims that his service was involuntary and that he did not take part in any killings. Breyer was arrested at his home …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) Fatou Bensouda on Tuesday urged the UN Security Council (UNSC) to take action to end the conflict in Darfur and bring perpetrators to justice. Bensouda noted that it has been nearly 10 years since the UNSC referred the situation in Darfur to …

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by Addison Morris

Florida Governor Rick Scott on Monday signed a bill allowing a non-euphoric strain of marijuana to be used for the treatment of epilepsy, cancer and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act garnered bipartisan support and was passed by the State Assembly this spring. Beginning in January of 2015 doctors will be …

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by Addison Morris

Apple on Monday reached an out-of-court settlement with the US Department of Justice, among other parties, regarding a class action lawsuit that accused the electronics company of illegally participating in a e-book price-fixing scheme. The company was found to have violated the Sherman Act and various state statutes in July 2013. Apple is …

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by Peter Snyder

The Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria warned the UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday that the continuing civil war in Syria conflict has "reached a tipping point, threatening the entire region." The Commission was established by the UN Human Rights Council in August 2011 to investigate and record all violations of international human …

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by Peter Snyder

US military forces conducted a secret operation in Libya Sunday, capturing Ahmed Abu Khatallah, the alleged mastermind behind the September 2012 attacks on US facilities in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans including US Ambassador Chris Stevens. Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm John Kirby released a statement Tuesday saying "There …

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by Ann Schober

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Tuesday that the numerous executions that have occurred over the past week in Iraq "almost certainly amount to war crimes." Pillay cited reports of "cold-blooded" killings of hundreds of non-combatant men and civilians, including religious leaders and government affiliates, by militants of the Islamic State of …

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