August 28, 2014
by Addison Morris
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Utah on Wednesday struck down portions of the state's Anti-Bigamy Statute that were challenged by the family of TLC's reality TV show Sister Wives. The lawsuit was brought in 2011 by the family after their polygamous relationship was ...[read more]
August 28, 2014
by Addison Morris
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday dismissed an appeal by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) over the lifting of Oregon's same-sex marriage ban. NOM attempted to appeal the recent lifting of Oregon's 2004 ban under the assertion that ending the ban would bring ...[read more]
August 28, 2014
by Addison Morris
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) settled a federal lawsuit (text) on Wednesday, requiring US immigration authorities to ensure that undocumented Mexican immigrants are made aware of their right to a hearing before an immigration judge. The class action lawsuit, filed in June 2013, alleged ...[read more]
August 28, 2014
by Addison Morris
Recent violence between Libyan political factions has been alarming and unprecedented in its gravity, according to a statement released Wednesday by the outgoing Secretary-General's Special Representative and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL). Representative Tarek Mitri cited areas ...[read more]
July 16, 2014
by Addison Morris
A Pakistan court on Tuesday sentenced to death a man convicted of insulting the Prophet Mohammed in violation of the nation's blasphemy laws. Zulfiqar Ali was arrested in 2008 for writing blasphemous statements against Islam on walls. Ali's lawyer argued that his client was mentally insane, ...[read more]
July 16, 2014
by Addison Morris
The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled Monday that Indiana must allow secular humanists to officiate at weddings, despite a state law that bars their participation. The court declared that the law unlawfully discriminates against nonreligious humanists who wish to have their ...[read more]
July 9, 2014
by Addison Morris
The Supreme Court of India ruled Monday that fatwas issued by shariat courts or muftis had no legal sanctity, meaning that there will be no civil or criminal consequences for the defiance of these legal opinions rendered over issues of Islamic law. The court found that it violated citizens' ...[read more]
July 9, 2014
by Addison Morris
The US District Court in the Northern District of Illinois on Monday ordered the City of Chicago to reimburse the National Rifle Association (NRA) for the $940,000 spent on legal fees challenging gun ordinances. Chicago's ban on the sale and transfer of firearms was overturned in January after the ...[read more]
July 2, 2014
by Addison Morris
BNP Paribas (BNPP) pleaded guilty on Monday to criminal charges of violating US sanctions and will pay a penalty of almost $9 billion. The French bank has been under investigation for violating US money laundering laws by helping clients from Iran, Sudan and Cuba dodge US economic sanctions. The ...[read more]
July 2, 2014
by Addison Morris
A Chilean court ruled Monday that US military intelligence services provided information that led to the arrests, and eventual executions, of two Americans in 1973. According to the ruling, former US Navy Captain Ray Davis gave information to the Chilean officials that was used in the arrest of ...[read more]

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