Weekly News Update

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*A former Rutgers student, whose criminal trial in a webcam spying case prompted a national discussion about cyberbullying and homophobia on college campuses, will likely have to wait to find out whether a state appeals panel will order his 30-day sentence invalidated, lengthened or will send him back for a new trial. [CBS News]

*Lawyers for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev filed an appeal last Friday of his conviction on murder and other charges related to the deadly 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, according to court papers, two weeks after a federal judge rejected a request for a new trial. [Reuters]

*A federal appeals court on Thursday cast doubt on the legality of Maryland’s 2013 ban on semiautomatic high-capacity assault weapons that passed after the mass shootings at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school. The 2-to-1 decision by a panel of the 4th Circuit sends the gun-control law back to a lower court for review, but allows the existing ban to remain in place. [Washington Post]

*With attention growing on the use of shell companies in high-end real estate, an activist organization released a report Sunday night that said several New York real estate lawyers had been caught on camera providing advice on how to move suspect money into the United States. [NY Times]

*Former hedge fund manager Doug Whitman on Tuesday won a reprieve from serving the remainder of his two-year sentence for insider trading after several 2nd Circuit judges expressed skepticism that his 2012 conviction should be upheld. [Reuters]

*A federal appeals court in Manhattan says the operator of New York City’s airports has the legal right to kill migratory birds when necessary to protect planes. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said last Tuesday that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey was within its rights to kill nearly any migratory bird in emergency situations, including snowy owls. [CBS News]