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Legal news from Saturday, June 21, 2014
by G. Redd

Florida Governor Rick Scott on Friday signed into law House Bill 89 of 2014, legalizing the threat of force in circumstances where actual force would be permitted as self-defense. The bill is commonly known as the "warning shot law" and was raised in response to the 2012 conviction of Marissa Alexander [AP …

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by G. Redd

Judge Said Youssef of the Minya Criminal Court of Egypt on Friday confirmed the death sentence of 183 Muslim Brotherhood members while simultaneously acquitting over 400 in the death of police officers over a year ago. Only 110 of the accused were present in a holding area outside of the court during the determination, while the remainder …

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by Ann Schober

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Friday filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York hoping to compel Congress to comply with subpoenas it received requesting information on an insider trading case the commission is investigating. The subpoenas ask for documents and information from members …

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by William Helbling

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Thursday struck down a 31-year-old Los Angeles law which prohibits people from living out of their vehicles. Prior to the decision from the federal appeals court, the act of using a vehicle "as living quarters either overnight, day-by-day, or otherwise" was prohibited the city of …

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by William Helbling

The Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) on Thursday ruled that a pregnant Frenchwoman was entitled to income support after she stopped working in Britain. The woman, Jessie Saint Prix, entered the UK in 2006 and has worked as teaching assistant and other in school jobs. Saint Prix decided to stop …

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by Ann Schober

A court in Istanbul on Thursday ordered the release and retrial of 230 prisoners convicted for their involvement in the Balyoz (Sledgehammer) coup plot. The scheme, which originated as early as 2003, was aimed at overthrowing Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The ruling came one day after Turkey's Constitutional court [official …

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