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Federal judge orders Arizona sheriff to undergo racial profiling training
October 29, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Arizona on Tuesday ordered Maricopa Country sheriff Joe Arpaio to undergo the same training as his deputies to assist in the prevention of racial profiling and unlawful detention in the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) as part of the ongoi....... [more]

North Dakota Supreme Court upholds restrictions on medication abortions
October 29, 2014
The North Dakota Supreme Court on Tuesday affirmed an existing state law limiting the use of drugs in abortion procedures. This ruling reversed a previous decision by a district judge, who found that the law violates the state constitution. The state requires a minimum of four out of the five Suprem....... [more]

Federal judge blocks contraception mandate enforcement for Catholic college
October 29, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Middle District of Florida on Tuesday issued a temporary ruling blocking the enforcement of the contraception mandate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act against a Florida Roman Catholic college. The order, which came in the form of a prelimina....... [more]

China Communist Party introduces guidelines to strengthen legal system
October 28, 2014
The 18th Central Committee within the Communist Party of China (CPC) on Tuesday released guidelines on how to improve China's legal system in the upcoming year. The summary, released last week, also stressed that government authorities at all levels should carry out their work on track with the law....... [more]

Attorneys and former judges ask Supreme Court to stay Missouri execution
October 28, 2014
Attorneys for a convicted Missouri man and 15 former judges on Monday asked the US Supreme Court to block his execution, claiming that mistakes were made by his former attorneys, which led him to lose his opportunity to appeal his case to the federal courts. Mark Christeson, 35, is scheduled to be....... [more]

Amnesty: Malaysia must end persecution of government critics
October 27, 2014
Amnesty International (AI) on Monday urged Malaysian authorities to end their politically motivated criminalization of government critics. The country's Sedition Act of 1948, a law that limits freedom of speech and expression, has been used increasingly by the Malaysian government to persecute acti....... [more]

Idaho governor asks entire Ninth Circuit to review same-sex marriage ruling
October 23, 2014
The governor of Idaho CL "Butch" Otter filed a petition Tuesday night asking for the entire US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to review an earlier Ninth Circuit ruling against the Idaho constitution's definition of marriage. The petition is a major positional change for Otter, coming two wee....... [more]

Federal judge dismisses challenge to Puerto Rico same-sex marriage ban
October 22, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Puerto Rico on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit challenging Puerto Rico's same-sex marriage ban. Puerto Rico Para Todos brought the lawsuit on behalf of the plaintiffs, five same-sex couples, arguing that Article 68 of Puerto Rico's civil code, which....... [more]

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]

Courts in Arizona, Wyoming, Alaska strike down same-sex marriage bans
October 18, 2014
As of Friday same-sex marriage has become legal in Arizona, Wyoming and Alaska. US District Courts for the Districts of Arizona and Wyoming struck down same-sex marriage bans in Wyoming and Arizona, respectively, on Friday. Additionally the US Supreme Court rejected a petition by Alaska to stay th....... [more]




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