August 22, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced Thursday that she will appeal a recent ruling striking down California's death penalty. A judge for the US District Court for the Central District of California ruled earlier this month that California's use of the death penalty violates the ...[read more]
August 22, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights reported Friday that at least 191,000 people have been killed in the Syrian conflict —almost double the number from last year's report. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay stated that the number, based on information from the Sy... ...[read more]
August 22, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Florida ruled Thursday that Florida's ban on same-sax marriage is unconstitutional and the state must recognize same-sex couples that were lawfully married in other states. The combined cases of Brenner v. Scott and Grimsley v. Scott ...[read more]
August 22, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
Indonesia's highest court, the Indonesian Constitutional Court, ruled on Thursday that results from last month's democratic presidential election naming Joko Widodo as the country's president elect will stand. The court ruled unanimously to uphold Widodo's victory by a 6 percent margin over ...[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 21, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Wednesday ordered a deadline of October 1 for the US Department of Justice (DOJ) to provide a list of documents to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform relating to the failed law enforcement program Operation Fast and Furious ...[read more]
August 21, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
Australian citizen David Hicks filed a motion to dismiss his conviction in the US Court of Military Commission Review on Wednesday after pleading guilty in 2007 for war crimes that took place before 2001 in exchange for his release. Hicks was captured in Afghanistan shortly after September 11, ...[read more]
August 21, 2014
by Julie Deisher
Texas Governor Rick Perry on Wednesday pleaded not guilty to two felony charges for abuse of power. The jury charged Perry with abusing his power to intimidate former District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg to step down from her position in response to her pleading guilty to a drinking and driving ...[read more]
August 21, 2014
by Julie Deisher
Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International (AI) released separate statements Wednesday condemning the execution of US journalist James Foley by the Islamic State (IS), formerly known as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, as a war crime. Foley was a ...[read more]

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