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Legal news from Saturday, June 30, 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans

Leaders of the US House of Representatives on Friday petitioned the Supreme Court to uphold the constitutionality of Section 3 of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which limits the federal benefits of marriage to unions between a man and a woman. It states that for the purposes of any federal laws, …

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by Jaimie Cremeans

President-elect of Egypt Mohamed Morsi was sworn in Saturday at the Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC) before the General Assembly of the court. In his speech, Morsi vowed that Egypt would continue on the right path toward democracy: "Today, Egypt has become a modern, constitutional and civilian State." He also said he would work to ensure …

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by Jennie Ryan

The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Saturday announced that it will not prosecute Attorney General Eric Holder after the House of Representatives voted to hold him in contempt of Congress. The House of Representatives found Holder in contempt [H. Res. 711 materials] for failing to fully comply with subpoenas related to …

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by Jennie Ryan

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Saturday demanded that authorities in Kazakhstan publicly disclose their reasons for bringing new criminal charges against a group of labor activists and an oil worker who participated in an extended labor strike in 2011. The National Security Committee of Kazakhstan charged the group with "calling for the …

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