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[JURIST] The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) [official website] on Friday filed a lawsuit [compliant, PDF; press release] against JPMorgan Chase & Co. [corporate website] for the sale of $2.2 billion of faulty residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) to credit unions. The securities were sold by Washington Mutual bank and its [read more]

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[JURIST] A Nepalese army officer was arrested and charged in the UK on Friday with two counts of torture during his country's civil war in 2005. Colonel Kumar Lama, a 46-year-old officer currently serving in the UN mission in Sudan, was arrested [BBC report] at his East Sussex home by [read more]

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[JURIST] The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) [official website] said Friday that it has received "credible reports" of armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] recruiting and including children [press release] in the country's conflict. UNICEF reported that both pro-government and rebel forces have [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] granted certiorari in three cases [order list, PDF] on Friday. In Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl [docket; cert. petition, PDF] the court will consider whether the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) [materials] allows a non-custodial parent to block an adoption by their non-Indian [read more]

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[JURIST] A judge for the Provincial Court of British Columbia [official website] on Friday ruled that the federal government's mandatory-minimum sentence for the possession of a loaded and prohibited firearm is arbitrary and fundamentally unjust. Judge James Bahen ruled [CBC report] in the case of Glenn Harley Tetsuji Sheck, a [read more]

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