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Libya militant pleads not guilty to charges related to Benghazi attack
October 21, 2014
Libyan militant Ahmed Abu Khatallah on Monday pleaded not guilty to 17 charges related to the September 2012 attack on the US diplomatic compound in Benghazi, including some charges that warrant the death penalty. Prosecutor Michael DiLorenzo suggested that the government may file additional charges....... [more]

Supreme Court to rule on hotel guest registries
October 20, 2014
The US Supreme Court granted certiorari in three cases Monday. In City of Los Angeles v. Patel the court has been asked to resolve a circuit split between the US Courts of Appeals for the Ninth and the Sixth Circuits regarding the constitutionality of hotel guest registry inspection ordinances that....... [more]

Nevada high court strikes DWI implied consent law
October 19, 2014
The Nevada Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that Nevada's implied consent law, which allows police officers to take blood samples of motorists to determine impairment, is unconstitutional. The case involved a man named Michael Byars who was stopped by state troopers for driving under the influence o....... [more]

Federal appeals court strikes down Arizona immigrant bail law
October 16, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Wednesday that an Arizona law that acted to deny bail to individuals in the US illegally and charged with a range of felonies was unconstitutional. Proposition 100, passed in 2006, prohibited bail for individuals charged with both "committing a se....... [more]

Oklahoma sued over 'botched' execution
October 15, 2014
The brother of Clayton Lockett, whose prolonged execution last April caused Oklahoma to suspend its death penalty to review procedures, filed a lawsuit against the state of Oklahoma Monday. The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, contends that the execution....... [more]

Supreme Court hears arguments on religious prison policy, jurisdiction
October 7, 2014
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases Tuesday. In Holt v. Hobbs the court is considering whether an Arkansas prison policy that prohibits Muslim prisoners from growing a half-inch beard violates the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA). Current prison polic....... [more]

Federal judge rules police tactic used in Ferguson protests unconstitutional
October 7, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri ruled Monday that a tactic employed by police to control protesters in Ferguson, Missouri is unconstitutional and issued a preliminary injunction to stop the practice. Police were forcing peaceful protesters to keep moving, a cro....... [more]

Supreme Court hears arguments on North Carolina police traffic stop
October 7, 2014
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in a case concerning whether a police officer's "mistake of law" should invalidate the officer's justification for a traffic stop. Heien v. North Carolina is a state court case that involves the arrest of an automobile passenger for cocaine possessio....... [more]

Texas judge files suit over state's voter ID law
October 6, 2014
A Texas judge has filed a lawsuit in Dallas County in the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals challenging the state's voter ID law, claiming that it violates the Texas Constitution. The law, which requires the showing of a photo ID in order to vote in elections, attempts to prevent voter fraud, while....... [more]

Georgia judge denies death row inmate's challenge to state intellectual disability standard
October 2, 2014
A judge from Georgia's Towaliga Judicial Circuit ruled Monday that death row inmate Warren Lee Hill has failed to meet the state's requirement to prove intellectual disability beyond a reasonable doubt as a bar to execution. Hill's lawyers argued Georgia's high standard for proving intellectual disa....... [more]

UK prosecutors drop terrorism charges against former Guantanamo detainee
October 1, 2014
The UK's Crown Prosecution Service on Wednesday dropped terrorism charges against Moazzam Begg, a former Guantanamo Bay detainee who was arrested on suspicion of terrorism offenses related to the war in Syria. Begg was scheduled to stand trial next Monday for charges including the funding and trai....... [more]

Federal judge rules against health care tax subsidies
October 1, 2014
A U.S. District judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma on Tuesday struck down federal tax subsidies under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Judge Ronald White found that the Internal Revenue Service rule, which provides subsidies to individual cus....... [more]

California outlaws 'gay panic' homicide defense
September 29, 2014
California Governor Jerry Brown on Saturday signed into law a bill, prohibiting the so-called "gay panic" defense that has been used to reduce homicide charges to manslaughter. The defense has been used by defendants who claimed that they were "panicked" into committing a crime due to a homosexual....... [more]

California governor signs law reforming school discipline
September 28, 2014
California Governor Jerry Brown on Saturday signed into law on a bill which will prohibit schools from suspending students without proving the pupil willfully defied teachers and administrators. The bill specifically eliminates schools' authority to suspend pupils from kindergarten through third gr....... [more]

Federal judge sentences Bin-Laden son-in-law to life in prison
September 24, 2014
A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced Suleiman Abu Ghaith, son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, to life in US prison for terrorism-related charges. Ghaith, the highest ranking al Qaeda figure to face trial in a US court since the September 11 terrorist attacks, was found guilty in March of conspiring to pr....... [more]




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