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Legal news from Sunday, December 30, 2012

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] signed a bill [HR 6116, materials] on Friday authorizing the US Supreme Court direct review of decisions made by the Virgin Islands Supreme Court [official websites]. The bill was sponsored by Congresswoman Donna Christensen [official website], the Virgin Islands' congressional delegate. Christensen introduced … [read more]

[JURIST] Police in New Delhi, India on Saturday charged six men with the murder of a woman who died from injuries sustained in a gang-rape. The woman, a 23-year-old medical student, was gang raped on a bus [NBC report] in New Delhi on December 16 and died in a Singapore … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Senate [official website] passed the Reauthorization Act of 2012 [text, pdf] on Friday in a 73-23 vote to extend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendments Act of 2008 (FISA) [text, pdf] for five years. FISA grants the National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] the authority to conduct surveillance … [read more]

[JURIST] The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals [official website] on Friday temporarily enjoined [opinion, PDF] the enforcement of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's (PPACA) [text; JURIST backgrounder] contraceptives coverage mandate for an Illinois construction company. The company, owned by a Roman Catholic couple, claim that the mandate "substantially … [read more]

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