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Ninth Circuit reverses decision requiring Google to remove Islam video from YouTube
May 19, 2015
Sitting en banc, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit overturned a three-judge panel decision against Google that had required it to remove the controversial, anti-Islam Innocence of Muslims video from its YouTube site. The court dissolved the takedown injunction, holding that the injunctio....... [more]

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sentenced to death for Boston bombing role
May 16, 2015
Chechen immigrant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death by lethal injection on Friday by a federal jury for his role in the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombings after 14 hours of deliberations. He will be formally sentenced at a hearing within weeks, during which victims will be able to address hi....... [more]

US House approves bill to eliminate phone data collection
May 15, 2015
The US House of Representatives on Wednesday approves the USA Freedom Act, which would end the National Security Agency's (NSA) mass collection of Americans' phone data. The measure, approved by a vote of 338 to 88, largely extends the USA Patriot Act that was set to expire on June 3. Under the mea....... [more]

Federal appeals court finds NSA mass surveillance not authorized under Patriot Act
May 7, 2015
The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled Thursday that the Patriot Act does not authorize the National Security Agency (NSA) to collect millions of Americans' phone records. The court found that section 215 of the act did not preclude judicial review and remanded the case for further con....... [more]

France lower house approves surveillance law
May 6, 2015
France's National Assembly, the lower house of parliament, approved Bill relating to Intelligence (No. 2669) on Tuesday, which would allow authorities to increase surveillance of anyone linked to terrorism investigations without permission from a judge. The bill authorizes intelligence agencies to....... [more]

France aviation giant files complaints over US spy claims
May 1, 2015
French aviation giant Airbus said Friday it is filing criminal complaints alleging that German intelligence helped the US carry out industrial espionage. The criminal complaint against persons unknown was filed following German media reports that the country's spy agency BND was collecting data on E....... [more]

Federal appeals court upholds city prohibition on park Nativity scene
May 1, 2015
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Thursday upheld a Santa Monica, California, city ordinance prohibiting unattended exhibits in Palisades Park, deciding against the Santa Monica Nativity Scenes Committee. The committee had been granted a "winter display" exception from the city's 199....... [more]

Supreme Court rules judicial candidates can be prohibited from soliciting campaign funds
April 29, 2015
The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Wednesday in Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar that states may ban judicial candidates from personally soliciting campaign donations. In an opinion by Chief Justice John Roberts, the court found that such restrictions do not violate the First Amendment. Roberts wrote....... [more]

Supreme Court hears arguments on same-sex marriage
April 28, 2015
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday on same-sex marriage. The court heard two-and-half hours of oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges, which was consolidated with three other cases. The first question before the court was "Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to license a m....... [more]

Webby Awards announce Law category winners
April 27, 2015
The annual Webby Awards in Law and more than 100 other subject categories were announced in New York Monday as the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences honored excellence in interactive design, creativity, usability and functionality on the Internet in 2015. Harvard Law project Perma.c....... [more]

Federal appellate court hears challenge to proposed EPA regulation
April 17, 2015
A panel of three federal judges for the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia heard arguments on Thursday aiming to block proposed EPA regulations meant to slow climate change. However, the panel abstained making an affirmative action by stating it was procedurally too early to render a d....... [more]




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