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Supreme Court Justice halts ACA contraception mandate for religious groups in Pennsylvania
April 17, 2015
US Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito issued a temporary stay on Wednesday preventing the federal government from requiring the Roman Catholic dioceses and its affiliates in Pittsburgh and Erie, Pennsylvania to comply with the birth control mandates of the Affordable Care Act. The religious groups....... [more]

Ninth Circuit rules Arizona county police engaged in racial profiling
April 16, 2015
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday ruled that the Maricopa County Sherrif's Office and, specifically, Sheriff Joseph Arpaio, engaged in practices of racial profiling in conducting traffic stops. The court found that the Sheriff's office was improperly named as a defendant, an....... [more]

Federal appeals court dismisses Wisconsin senator's health care challenge
April 15, 2015
The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit that challenged the fairness of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) for allowing members of Congress and their staffs to receive subsidies for their health insurance. US Senator Ron Johnson and one of his....... [more]

Federal appeals court blocks Missouri limits on Affordable Care Act
April 11, 2015
The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit on Friday ruled against portions of a Missouri law which required those providing health plan advice to obtain a license from the state, concluding that the licensing portions of the state law are pre-empted by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care....... [more]

HRW sues DEA over mass surveillance program
April 8, 2015
Human Rights Watch (HRW) filed suit Tuesday accusing the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) of collecting records of the organization's telephone calls to foreign countries. The DEA attempted to make the existence of a mass surveillance program confidential until January, when a federal judge....... [more]

Federal appeals court: Larry Flynt may pursue sealed Missouri execution records
April 8, 2015
The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled Tuesday that Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt may join a lawsuit that seeks to compel the state of Missouri to unseal details on its execution methods. This decision reverses a lower court ruling that found that the magazine publisher did no....... [more]

Texas federal judge refuses to lift order blocking president's immigration action
April 8, 2015
A judge for US District Court for the Southern District of Texas declined Tuesday night to lift an order he issued in February temporarily blocking the executive immigration actions authorized by President Barrack Obama. US District Judge Andrew Hanen issued two orders Tuesday night, the first reje....... [more]

Legal Conflict Over Net Neutrality
April 7, 2015
Legal battles have flared up over the issue of net neutrality in the past decade. In the US, the FCC is the independent government agency that oversees communications among the several states and with other countries. The FCC was responsible for the 2002 determination that internet modem service, a....... [more]

Wisconsin AG appeals abortion ruling
April 7, 2015
Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel on Monday appealed a federal court ruling that struck down a law requiring doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. Schimel appealed to the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago to attempt to have the law....... [more]

Malaysia opposition leader granted furlough from prison to attend father's funeral
April 5, 2015
Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was granted a furlough on Sunday to leave prison so that he could attend his father's funeral. Anwar was taken from the prison under heavy security to his father's house and will have to return to prison after the burial. His father, who died Sunday morning....... [more]

Federal judge orders California prison to grant inmate sex change
April 3, 2015
US District Judge Jon Tigar for the Northern District of California issued a decision on Thursday ordering the California Department of Corrections to grant a transgender inmate's sex reassignment surgery. Michelle-Lael Norsworthy began living as a woman in the 1990s while in state prison, where she....... [more]




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