April 16, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
Alabama and 12 other states filed an amicus brief with the US Supreme Court on Wednesday in support of the three-drug combination being used in Oklahoma for executions. Lethal injection executions in many states have been put on hold until the Supreme Court considers Glossip v. Gross, a case ...[read more]
April 15, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
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 ...[read more]
April 9, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
Chechen immigrant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted Wednesday on 30 federal charges relating to the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. The attack, supposedly meant to punish America for perceived harm against Muslims, was perpetrated by Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan, who together placed two ...[read more]
April 8, 2015
by Emelina Perez
The UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Rita Izsák, called on the countries of the world Wednesday to focus on human rights struggles of the Roma people and to take action to end discrimination and racism. Wednesday marks International Roma Day. Izsák urged nations to protect minority ...[read more]
April 7, 2015
by Bradley McAllister
The Veterans Legal Services Clinic at Yale Law School filed a class action lawsuit on Monday on behalf of a Vietnam-war veteran, requesting that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) promptly adjudicate his pending disability benefits application. The named plaintiff, Conley Monk Jr., is a ...[read more]
April 4, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
The California Fourth District Court of Appeal on Friday upheld yoga classes in public schools, holding that such classes do not violate religious rights of students or their parents. Families of children enrolled in the Encinitas Union School District sued the school, alleging that yoga classes ...[read more]
April 3, 2015
by Valerie Howell
UN special rapporteur on freedom of religion and belief, Heiner Bielefeldt, on Thursday praised Lebanon's tradition of religious tolerance in a region plagued by religious fanaticism as a "ray of hope." Bielefeldt attributes Lebanon's success in preserving peace to the learned practice of ...[read more]
April 2, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
US President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed an executive order to increase penalties against foreign cybersecurity threats. The executive order establishes sanctions against individuals or entities outside the US that engage in "significant malicious cyber-enabled activity." The new sanctions ...[read more]
March 31, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
The Malaysian government on Monday proposed two laws that would reintroduce indefinite detention without trial and allow the seizure of passports of anyone suspected of supporting acts of terror. While the government hopes to curb Islamic militant activities, critics say the laws could restrict ...[read more]
March 30, 2015
by Addison Morris
The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in two cases titled Kansas v. Carr, consolidating them for oral argument. These cases examine whether the Eighth Amendment right to an "individualized sentencing" was violated by the decision not to sever the sentencing phase of a co-defendant's ...[read more]

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