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Legal news from Monday, April 25, 2016
by Alonso Diaz

A panel of experts released on Sunday its second and last report on its inquiry into the 43 undergraduate students from a teachers college in Ayotzinapa who went missing in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico in 2014, stating that the Mexican government has hampered the investigation. Consisting of Latin American lawyers and human rights activists, the panel of …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in two cases. In Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., the court must determine what constitutes the standard for awarding attorney's fees under § 505 of the Copyright Act. Under the act, the district court is permitted to use its discretion in awarding …

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by Alonso Diaz

UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kate Gilmore urged Iraq on Monday to take concrete steps to plan for "the day after" the defeat of the Islamic State (IS). The statements come after a week-long visit to Iraq that included the cities of Baghdad, Najaf, Erbil and the Shariya camp for internally displaced people (IDPs) in Dohuk. …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court granted certiorari in Shaw v. United States [docket; cert. petition, PDF] to determine the level of intent that must be proven for a bank fraud conviction. The Supreme Court ruled in 2014 in Loughrin v. United States that prosecution under subsection (2) of the federal government's anti-bank fraud statute …

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by Steven Wildberger

Civil rights lawyer Ni Yulan told Western media Monday that the Chinese government has put her under house arrest, presumably for her work as an advocate for citizens being evicted to make way for development. Foreign diplomats from the EU, Germany, Canada, France and Switzerland sought to meet with Ni at her home over the weekend but …

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by Steven Wildberger

International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda on Monday announced a "preliminary investigation" into allegations that the Burundi government, headed by President Pierre Nkurunziza, committed various human rights violations over the past year. In a statement to the media, Bensouda said that "more than 430 persons were reportedly killed, at least 3,400 people have been …

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