September 12, 2014
by Julie Deisher
The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania (ACLU-PA) filed a motion Thursday on behalf of the Guardian, the the Philadelphia Inquirer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Philadelphia City Paper asking the US District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania to unseal court records which ...[read more]
September 12, 2014
by Julie Deisher
The Chamber of Deputies of the Argentine National Congress on Thursday approved a bill that was signed into law later that day by President Cristina Fernandez to continue making payments on foreign-held bonds outside of US jurisdiction. The law circumvents a US court ruling prohibiting Argentina ...[read more]
September 5, 2014
by Julie Deisher
Independent UN rights experts on Friday called on the government of Bahrain to release human rights activist Maryam Al-Khawaja due to the absence of evidence against her. Al-Khawaja was arrested in August upon her return to Bahrain and was charged with insulting the king and assaulting police ...[read more]
September 5, 2014
by Julie Deisher
Amnesty International (AI) on Thursday criticized the Mexican government for its failure to adequately investigate allegations of torture. According to the report, Mexican safeguards intended to prevent military and police forces from using torture as an investigative tool are woefully under- ...[read more]
September 5, 2014
by Julie Deisher
US Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday that the Department of Justice (DOJ) will open an investigation to determine whether Ferguson Police officials have systematically violated the US Constitution or federal law. Holder determined the necessity of this investigation based on ...[read more]
September 5, 2014
by Julie Deisher
The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Thursday upheld lower courts' decisions striking down the same-sex marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana. The court heard oral arguments on the bans in August. Writing for a unanimous court, Judge Richard Posner states that neither state has ...[read more]
August 30, 2014
by Julie Deisher
The UK's Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) on Friday changed the threat level for terrorist attacks against the UK from "substantial" to "severe," indicating that a terrorist attack against the UK is highly likely, although there is no evidence to suggest an attack is imminent. In addition to ...[read more]
August 29, 2014
by Julie Deisher
Five people brought a lawsuit on Thursday against the city of Ferguson, Missouri and several officials for the use of unnecessary and unwarranted force by St. Louis County Police and Ferguson Police against demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown. The complaint describes the ...[read more]
August 29, 2014
by Julie Deisher
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon released a statement Thursday condemning a currently unidentified extremist group for the detention of 43 peacekeepers from the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in southern Syria. A further 81 peacekeepers are stranded near Ar Ruwayhinah and Burayqah, with ...[read more]
August 29, 2014
by Julie Deisher
A judge for a Travis County Civil Court in Texas ruled Thursday that the Texas Legislature failed to meet its constitutional duty to provide for Texas public schools because the school finance system is structured, operated, and funded so that it cannot provide a constitutionally adequate ...[read more]

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