January 29, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
The US Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed the scheduled execution of three death-row inmates in Oklahoma "pending final disposition of the case." This came after Oklahoma issued new protocol allowing for alternative drug combinations to be used in executions. One of the drugs used is midazolam, ...[read more]
January 29, 2015
by Brittany Felder
Eight Republican and Democratic Senators on Thursday introduced legislation that would end US travel restrictions on Cuba. The legislation, which was introduced by Arizona Republican Senator Jeff Flake, would also end financial transaction restrictions on travel between the two countries. The ...[read more]
January 29, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Thursday that the UK government's extradition of terror suspect Haroon Aswat to the US in October was lawful. Aswat was arrested in the UK at the request of US authorities in 2005 on terrorism charges relating to a 1999 trip to Oregon. The trip, ...[read more]
January 29, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
Chilean lawmakers on Wednesday gave final approval to a bill that recognizes civil unions between same-sex couples. The legislation will now go to President Michelle Bachelet next, who is expected to sign it. The bill's passage will give same-sex couples many of the rights granted to married ...[read more]
January 28, 2015
by Peter Snyder
Nominee for the position of US Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, stood before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday. Lynch, a US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, will face two days of hearings led by Republican Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa. In her opening statement to the ...[read more]
January 28, 2015
by Peter Snyder
The state of Georgia executed inmate Warren Lee Hill Tuesday despite arguments made by his attorneys that he was intellectually disabled. The US Supreme Court denied Hill's application for stay of execution, rejecting both his petition for habeas corpus and writ of certiorari. Two Justices, ...[read more]
January 27, 2015
by Addison Morris
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced on Monday that both Nevada and Tennessee have joined the state-led coalition in its suit against the Obama administration over November's executive action on immigration. This brings the total number of states involved to 26, meaning that more than half ...[read more]
January 27, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
The state of Ohio, along with several universities, filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio Monday challenging taxes imposed on the state through the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The state claims that:the federal government has ...[read more]
January 27, 2015
by Addison Morris
A jury in the US District Court Eastern District of Virginia on Monday convicted former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) agent Jeffrey Sterling of violating the Espionage Act. Sterling was found guilty on all nine of his charges, including acting as a CIA mole and supplying a journalist with ...[read more]
January 27, 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia
A defense lawyer on Monday sought to have the charges dropped against Guantanamo prisoner Abd al Hadi al Iraqi, arguing that the US is violating international law and the Constitution by prosecuting him for war crimes. The trial for Hadi al Iraqi, a suspected Iraqi al Qaeda commander, is being ...[read more]

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