September 18, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Oklahoma on Wednesday requested that the US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma dismiss a lawsuit filed after the botched execution of Clayton Lockett. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), The Guardian and The Oklahoma Observer filed the lawsuit in August in reaction to the ...[read more]
September 14, 2014
by William Helbling
US Attorney General Eric Holder announced in a speech at the Thirty-Ninth Annual Convention of the Hispanic National Bar Association that migrant children who come across the border unaccompanied should have legal representation. In his speech Holder stated, "hough these children may not have a ...[read more]
September 11, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
A judge for Wisconsin's Dane County Circuit Court on Wednesday ruled that the marriage of a lesbian couple who wed in Iowa was constitutionally valid and that such marriages must be recognized under state adoption laws, approving the couple's adoption of their two children. The attorney for the ...[read more]
September 10, 2014
by William Helbling
Indiana and Wisconsin each asked the US Supreme Court on Tuesday to determine if same-sex marriage should be legal in all 50 states. These petitions bring the total number of same-sex marriage cases before the court to seven. The main questions asked in these cases are whether states can refuse to ...[read more]
September 9, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
Gambia's National Assembly passed a bill on Monday that imposes life imprisonment for some homosexual acts. The bill amends the criminal code to bring life sentences for "aggravated homosexuality," which encompasses repeat offenders, those living with HIV/AIDS, and where a minor is involved. The ...[read more]
September 6, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
Egypt's state prosecutor filed charges Saturday against former President Mohamed Morsi for selling state secrets to Qatar. Attorney General Hisham Barakat claimed that an investigation had revealed evidence that Morsi, aided by nine others who have also been charged, leaked national intelligence ...[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 1, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
On Sunday Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott filed a motion in the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to delay the enforcement of a recent district court ruling that struck down state law that imposed new regulations on abortion clinics. The motion was filed just hours before the new law ...[read more]
August 31, 2014
by Kyle Webster
Since the military prison at Guantanamo Bay was first opened in January 2002, hunger strikes have been a frequent device used by the detainees to protest the conditions of the detention center and their general detainment. In 2005, one of many detainee hunger strikes produced a litigation battle ...[read more]
August 31, 2014
by Michael Roberts
Cuba leased the southern portion of Guantanamo Bay to the US on February 23, 1903, as part of the Cuban-American Treaty that allowed the US military to construct a permanent naval base on the site. The base has been in regular use since its establishment, and is a source of consistent tension ...[read more]

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