May 22, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and ACLU of Michigan on Thursday filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of six Michigan transgender individuals against Secretary of State Ruth Johnson challenging a state policy that they claim makes it nearly impossible for transgender individuals to change ...[read more]
May 21, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled 2-1 Tuesday that the University of Notre Dame shall not, at the time being, be exempted from the federal government's birth control mandate. Last June, in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, the US Supreme Court ruled that for profit businesses ...[read more]
May 19, 2015
by Valerie Howell
The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in Campbell Ewald Company v. Gome. The case comes to the Supreme Court on appeal from a Ninth Circuit decision and presents three issues: whether a case becomes moot, and thus beyond the judicial power of Article III, when the plaintiff receives ...[read more]
May 19, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Monday affirmed Apple's smartphone patent victory against Samsung but remanded the case to the lower court to reduce the damages that must be paid to Apple. The court upheld the district court's determination that Samsung infringed on some of ...[read more]
May 19, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
The Obama administration on Monday announced a ban on federal transfers of certain military-style equipment to local police forces. The ban, recommended by a task-force created in January, includes tracked armored vehicles, bayonets, grenade launchers, .50-caliber and higher ammunition, and some ...[read more]
May 18, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
The US Supreme Court ruled Monday in Coleman v. Tollefson that a dismissal of a prisoner's lawsuit that is still appealable does count as one of three allotted "strikes" that limits other suits by the prisoner. The "three-strike" provision of the Prison Litigation Reform Act bars an inmate from ...[read more]
May 16, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
Chechen immigrant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death by lethal injection on Friday by a federal jury for his role in the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombings after 14 hours of deliberations. He will be formally sentenced at a hearing within weeks, during which victims will be able to address ...[read more]
May 15, 2015
by Matt Belenky
The Supreme Court of Canada on Thursday rejected the Canadian government's bid to have former Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr declared an adult offender. The case concerned whether the eight-year war crimes sentence Khadr received from a US military commission in 2010 should be interpreted as a ...[read more]
May 14, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
A Moscow court on Wednesday declined authorities' request to convert opposition activist Aleksei Navalny's suspended sentence into a prison term. Navalny is a Russian opposition activist and blogger who was given a three-and-a-half-year suspended sentence after being convicted in December of ...[read more]
May 13, 2015
by Emelina Perez
Mentally disabled prisoners experience "unnecessary, excessive, and even malicious force" at the hands of prison staff across the US, said a report released Tuesday by Human Rights Watch (HRW). The report found excessive force used in many instances when prisoners exhibit behaviors that are ...[read more]

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