October 13, 2011
by Erin Bock
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases on Wednesday. In Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders of County of Burlington, the court considered whether a suspect's Fourth Amendment rights were violated when he was strip searched twice after being arrested for a non-criminal offense ...[read more]
October 8, 2011
by Erin Bock
A federal judge on Thursday ruled against the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding its process for granting permits used by coal companies for mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia. The EPA unveiled stricter guidelines in 2009 to issue permits to companies who sought to dump fill ...[read more]
October 8, 2011
by Erin Bock
The Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arrested three former governors of Nigerian states on Thursday for allegedly embezzling 101 billion naira (USD $615M). Officials arrested former Ogun state governor Gbenga Daniel, former Oyo state governor Adebayo Alao-Akala and former ...[read more]
October 6, 2011
by Erin Bock
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases on Wednesday. In Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC, the court considered whether an employment discrimination claim can be brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) against a religiously affiliated ...[read more]
October 1, 2011
by Erin Bock
A UN commission urged Syrian authorities on Friday to allow human rights experts to conduct an investigation into allegations of human rights violations. The three-member commission of inquiry was established by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in September after UN High Commissioner for Human ...[read more]
October 1, 2011
by Erin Bock
The US Department of Defense (DOD) on Friday issued a memorandum giving military chaplains permission to participate in or officiate same-sex marriage ceremonies. The memorandum, released by Under Secretary for Personnel and Readiness Dr. Clifford Stanley further provides that chaplains can ...[read more]
September 29, 2011
by Erin Bock
A UK High Court judge ruled Wednesday that a brain-damaged woman in a "minimally conscious" state does not meet statutory requirements to allow her family to discontinue life-sustaining treatment. The woman, known as "M," contracted viral encephalitis in February 2003, fell into a coma and ...[read more]
September 29, 2011
by Erin Bock
Both the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and a group of 26 states filed petitions with the US Supreme Court Wednesday seeking a ruling on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The petitions for certiorari filed by the DOJ and states seek review of a ...[read more]
September 24, 2011
by Erin Bock
A soldier with the US Army was sentenced on Friday for his role in murdering an unarmed teenage Afghan civilian. Private Andrew Holmes was sentenced to seven years in prison as part of a plea deal that he agreed to on Thursday. Holmes pleaded guilty to shooting the civilian, but pleaded not ...[read more]
September 24, 2011
by Erin Bock
A judge in the US District Court for the District of Idaho issued a temporary order on Friday preventing the state of Idaho from enforcing a law that prohibits a woman from terminating her own pregnancy. Jennie Linn McCormack was charged earlier this year under a 1972 Idaho state law that makes it ...[read more]

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