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23:03 EDT

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19:03 EDT

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] revealed Tuesday that it received documents [materials, PDF] confirming that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) [official website] used a "Mosque Outreach" program to gather intelligence on Muslim-American citizens [press release]. Using a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [official website] lawsuit, [read more]

18:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled 6-3 [opinion, PDF] Wednesday in Vartelas v. Holder [JURIST report] that the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA) [text], a law designed to deny re-entry to immigrants who have committed certain crimes, cannot be applied retroactively to lawful immigrants if [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled 6-3 [opinion, PDF] Wednesday in Setser v. United States [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] on whether a federal district court, in sentencing a defendant for a federal offense, has authority to order that the federal sentence be consecutive to an anticipated state sentence that has [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled 5-3 [opinion, PDF] Wednesday in Federal Aviation Administration v. Cooper [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that the phrase "actual damages" as found in the Privacy Act of 1974 [5 USC § 552a] is sufficiently ambiguous to prevent the authorization of lawsuits against the government for [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] Two lawsuits challenging Wisconsin's voter ID law [Wisconsin Act 23; JURIST news archive] are heading to the Wisconsin Supreme Court [official website] after two appellate courts sent them [certification] to the state's high court on Wednesday. In the two cases, NAACP v. Walker and League of Women Voters v. [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye [JURIST news archive] pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges of unlawful assembly stemming from an incident at a protest last week. Besigye and other protesters were arrested last week [BBC report] after a police officer was killed while attempting to disperse the crowd. [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Arizona State Senate [official website] approved a bill [HB 2036 materials] on Tuesday that bans abortions [JURIST news archive] after 20 weeks into a pregnancy, with an exception carved out only for medical emergencies. In addition to banning abortions after 20 weeks, the bill imposes other restrictions. It [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Obama administration on Monday petitioned [text, PDF] the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] for an expedited en banc review of two test cases on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) [text; JURIST news archive]. DOMA excludes otherwise valid state same-sex [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] The former head of the Polish Intelligence Agency may face charges for his assistance of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] in operating a secret prison [JURIST news archive] in Poland. Zbigniew Siemiatkowski told a Polish newspaper on Tuesday that he could face charges for his association [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Georgia Senate [official website] approved legislation on Tuesday that would make it a felony to assist in another person's suicide. HB 1114 [materials] was approved after the Georgia Supreme Court in early February struck down [JURIST report] a 1994 law that banned publicly advertising suicide assistance. Under the [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Tuesday implored the Indian government [open letter, PDF; press release, PDF] to stop the execution of Balwant Singh Rajoana and ban all forms of capital punishment. AI claimed that if India allows the execution, the country's first since 2004, it would be moving [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] Judge Victoria Roberts of the US District Court in the Eastern District of Michigan [official website] on Tuesday issued an order [text, PDF] dismissing the case against Hutaree [CNN backgrounder; JURIST news archive] militia members before it was submitted to a jury. Roberts held that the government did not [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday heard the second day of oral arguments in United States Department of Health and Human Services v. Florida [transcript; JURIST report], the challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) [text; JURIST backgrounder]. Tuesday's arguments focused specifically on the [read more]

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