April 18, 2013
by Brandon Gatto
The US Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in Missouri v. McNeely that the Fourth Amendment may require a warrant for a blood test in a drunk-driving investigation. The divided court ultimately held that "in drunk-driving investigations, the natural dissipation of alcohol in the bloodstream does not ...[read more]
April 11, 2013
by Brandon Gatto
The Shura Council, Egypt's upper house of parliament, on Thursday approved a revised election law that sets new rules for lower house elections to be held later this year. The law provides that the People's Assembly, Egypt's lower house of parliament, will consist of 546 seats, and it will also ...[read more]
April 10, 2013
by Brandon Gatto
The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit ruled Monday that a New Mexico school district acted constitutionally when it prohibited five students from distributing two-inch rubber fetus dolls with pro-life cards attached. Writing for the unanimous three-judge panel, the Honorable Scott ...[read more]
April 4, 2013
by Brandon Gatto
A Michigan state court judge on Wednesday denied a request by Attorney General Bill Schuette to dismiss a lawsuit filed by organized labor supporters and alleging that the state's new right-to-work laws were passed in violation of the Michigan Open Meetings Act (OMA). In denying the motion to ...[read more]
April 3, 2013
by Brandon Gatto
A group of US policymakers and advocates on Wednesday alleged in a new report that Sudan's government has committed war crimes, crimes against humanity and torture near the border of South Sudan since June 2011. Titled Architects of Atrocity, the report was released by the Enough Project, a group ...[read more]
March 28, 2013
by Brandon Gatto
Human rights lawyers on Tuesday filed an emergency motion in the US District Court for the District of Columbia alleging that guards at Guantanamo Bay have denied drinking water and sufficient clothing to a Yemeni prisoner. The motion was filed only a day before a fact-finding visit to the US ...[read more]
March 27, 2013
by Brandon Gatto
The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday upheld the constitutionality of a Florida city commission's pre-meeting prayers, in turn rejecting an atheist group's argument that such a public forum practice illegally promoted Christianity. Although the group, Atheists of Florida, ...[read more]
March 21, 2013
by Brandon Gatto
The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Thursday passed a resolution to promote reconciliation and accountability in war-torn Sri Lanka, a nation facing various allegations of human rights violations. Calling for an "independent and credible international investigation into alleged violations of ...[read more]
March 20, 2013
by Brandon Gatto
The Maryland Senate on Tuesday voted 30-16 in favor of a bill that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. Sponsored by Democratic Senator Robert Zirkin and Republican Senator Allan Kittleman, Senate Bill 297 seeks to lower the penalty for possession of less than 10 grams of ...[read more]
March 7, 2013
by Brandon Gatto
A Milan court on Wednesday sentenced former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to one year in prison for publicly releasing private wiretaps in 2005. In particular, Berlusconi's sentence stems from his conviction of publishing the transcript of a tapped phone conversation in Il Giornale, a ...[read more]

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