August 29, 2012
by Saheli Chakrabarty
The California State Assembly voted 51-21 on Tuesday to ban reparative therapy intended to change sexual orientation in minors. The bill, authored by state Senator Ted Lieu, seeks to provide protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth from allegedly deceptive, harmful ...[read more]
August 29, 2012
by Saheli Chakrabarty
A Missouri law allowing police to track individuals' cell phones in emergencies was challenged in a federal lawsuit Monday claiming that the state law conflicts with federal law. The complaint, filed on behalf of a Bolivar resident, asserts that the Missouri law should be struck down under the ...[read more]
July 4, 2012
by Saheli Chakrabarty
The North Carolina General Assembly on Monday voted to override the veto of Governor Beverly Perdue regarding legislation that will essentially nullify the state's Racial Justice Act (RJA). Signed into law by Perdue in 2009, the RJA allows an individual sentenced to death to present evidence to ...[read more]
July 4, 2012
by Saheli Chakrabarty
The US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces on Monday decided to hear the appeal of a former US Marine convicted of the 2006 murder of an Iraqi policeman. The court approved a review in the case of Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins III on a petition claiming that Hutchins' constitutional rights were ...[read more]
June 28, 2012
by Saheli Chakrabarty
A judge in Rome, Italy, dropped a fraud charge against former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi on Wednesday after finding that the statute of limitations had expired. Last week Italian prosecutors had asked to sentence Berlusconi to three years and eight months in prison on the fraud charges. ...[read more]
June 28, 2012
by Saheli Chakrabarty
Prominent Bahraini rights activist Nabeel Rajab was released on Wednesday after spending three weeks in prison. Rajab was arrested on June 6 for posting critical comments about Bahrain's government on his social media page. Prior to this last arrest, Rajab was arrested and released on bail weeks ...[read more]
June 27, 2012
by Saheli Chakrabarty
The New York State Court of Appeals ruled on Tuesday that New York City is not contractually obligated to carry on with the current rent subsidy program available for the formerly homeless. The Legal Aid Society sued the city on behalf of tenants, after the city terminated the Advantage program, ...[read more]
June 27, 2012
by Saheli Chakrabarty
Investment research firm executive Tai Nguyen pleaded guilty to insider trading charges in connection with the investigation into Raj Rajaratnam's Galleon fund. Nguyen, an executive of the research firm Insight Research LLC, surrendered to the FBI Tuesday morning in compliance with the ...[read more]
June 21, 2012
by Saheli Chakrabarty
Franklin County Circuit Judge William Alexander II on Wednesday upheld a jury verdict finding Virginia Tech University guilty of negligence for its response to the 2007 shootings. In March, a jury found the University guilty for failing to warn students of a gunman on the loose after two families ...[read more]
June 20, 2012
by Saheli Chakrabarty
US Congressman Ben Quayle (R-AZ) on Monday introduced a bill aimed at blocking the Obama adminstration's decision last week to stop deporting many illegal immigrants. President Barack Obama's administrative action will temporarily stop deporting many illegal immigrants under the age of 30 who were ...[read more]

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