November 11, 2014
by William Hibbitts
A group of six school districts, seven parents and two advocacy groups filed a lawsuit Monday against the Pennsylvania Department of Education and others accusing them of not providing students an adequate education and discriminating against students because of their locality. The petitioners ...[read more]
August 21, 2014
by William Hibbitts
A North Carolina judge ruled Thursday that North Carolina's school voucher program, known as Opportunity Scholarships is unconstitutional. Judge Robert Hobgood of the Wake County Superior Court specifically ruled that the program violates article 1 section 15 and article 9 section 2(1) of the ...[read more]
August 21, 2014
by William Hibbitts
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday announced a $16.65 billion settlement with Bank of America (BOA) to settle claims that it sold precarious mortgage-backed securities to investors. Of the $16.65 billion, $9.65 billion will be split among federal and state entities while the remaining ...[read more]
August 20, 2014
by William Hibbitts
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Indiana ruled Tuesday that Indiana must recognize same-sex marriages performed out of state. The lawsuit was filed by one same-sex couple and one woman who sought a protective order against her wife; all plaintiffs were married outside ...[read more]
July 3, 2014
by William Hibbitts
The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) issued a report Wednesday endorsing the National Security Agency's (NSA) surveillance program before a final meeting to discuss and vote on the release of the report. The report contained the results of a study the board conducted on how the ...[read more]
July 2, 2014
by William Hibbitts
The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq said Tuesday that 1,531 Iraqi citizens and 886 members of the Iraqi Security forces have been killed in June, along with many more injured in Iraq. According to the report, Baghdad was the worst affected area with 1,090 civilian casualties. The special ...[read more]
July 1, 2014
by William Hibbitts
A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Kentucky on Thursday struck down a voter-approved amendment to the Kentucky constitution banning same-sex marriages. The lawsuit was filed by two same-sex couples who attempted to apply for a marriage license and were denied. The ...[read more]
July 1, 2014
by William Hibbitts
The European Court of Human Rights ruled Tuesday that France's face covering ban is permissible under European law. In SAS v. France the court ruled 15-2 that the ban, which became effective in 2011, complies with all articles of the Convention of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and, as a ...[read more]
June 30, 2014
by William Hibbitts
A group of UN human rights experts for the expressed their anger Monday after an Egyptian court confirmed the death sentences of 183 people. According to the UN, all of the defendants were alleged supporters of ex-president Mohammed Morsi and his party the Muslim Brotherhood. The experts noted ...[read more]
June 30, 2014
by William Hibbitts
The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday that closely held for-profit corporations can deny coverage of contraception costs because of their religious beliefs. In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Burwell the court considered whether, under the Religious Freedom ...[read more]

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