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Legal news from Wednesday, July 2, 2014
by William Hibbitts

The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq said Tuesday that 1,531 Iraqi citizens and 886 members of the Iraqi Security forces have been killed in June, along with many more injured in Iraq. According to the report, Baghdad was the worst affected area with 1,090 civilian casualties. The special representative for the UN Secretary …

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by Addison Morris

BNP Paribas (BNPP) pleaded guilty on Monday to criminal charges of violating US sanctions and will pay a penalty of almost $9 billion. The French bank has been under investigation for violating US money laundering laws by helping clients from Iran, Sudan and Cuba dodge US economic sanctions. The world's fourth largest bank pleaded guilty …

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by Addison Morris

A Chilean court ruled Monday that US military intelligence services provided information that led to the arrests, and eventual executions, of two Americans in 1973. According to the ruling, former US Navy Captain Ray Davis gave information to the Chilean officials that was used in the arrest of journalist Charles Horman and US university student Frank Teruggi. …

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by Peter Snyder

A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Tuesday dismissed two securities fraud counts against Rengan Rajaratnam, the brother Raj Rajaratnam, the founder of the now defunct Galleon Group. US District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald ruled that a reasonable jury would not …

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by Peter Snyder

The New York Court of Appeals ruled 5-2 Tuesday that a criminal cyberbullying statute enacted by the Albany County Legislature violated the First Amendment. The defendant, a 15-year-old high school student, was criminally prosecuted under the law after he "anonymously posted sexual information about fellow classmates on a publicly-accessible internet website." The legislature defined …

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