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Legal news from Sunday, December 30, 2012
by Max Slater

US President Barack Obama signed a bill on Friday authorizing the US Supreme Court direct review of decisions made by the Virgin Islands Supreme Court. The bill was sponsored by Congresswoman Donna Christensen, the Virgin Islands' congressional delegate. Christensen introduced the bill after the US Court of Appeals for the …

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by Max Slater

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 in New Delhi on December 16 and died in a Singapore hospital on Saturday. The suspects, who were arrested shortly after …

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by Addison Morris

The US Senate passed the Reauthorization Act of 2012 on Friday in a 73-23 vote to extend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendments Act of 2008 (FISA) for five years. FISA grants the National Security Agency (NSA) the authority to conduct surveillance of Americans’ phone calls and emails in attempts to protect …

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by Addison Morris

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday temporarily enjoined the enforcement of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's (PPACA) contraceptives coverage mandate for an Illinois construction company. The company, owned by a Roman Catholic couple, claim that the mandate "substantially burdens their exercise of religion" under the Religious Freedom Restoration …

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