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Legal news from Wednesday, May 15, 2013
by Addison Morris

US Attorney General Eric Holder announced Tuesday that the Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation into allegations that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) unfairly scrutinized tax-exemptions for conservative groups. The agency initially singled out groups with applications containing the names "Tea Party" or "Patriots," but expanded to target groups that promoted Constitutionalism. The practice of subjecting …

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by Lauren Laing

The chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court said Tuesday that her office will conduct a preliminary examination into the 2010 Israeli raid on an aid flotilla bound for the blockaded Gaza strip in which nine civilians on a Turkish ship were killed. The examination is in response to authorities from the Union of …

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by Addison Morris

A court in Bahrain sentenced six individuals to a year in prison on Wednesday for insulting King Hamad via Twitter. Since the nation's pro-democracy protests in Manama that began in February 2011, activists have used the social media site to report perceived violations. The court found the tweets to be an overuse …

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by Jaimie Cremeans

A Guatemalan court on Monday ordered the government to apologize to the Ixil Maya, an indigenous people, for acts of genocide that were committed against them when former dictator Efrain Rios Montt was in power. Montt was found guilty on Friday of the genocide, torture and rape of 1,771 Ixil Mayans during …

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by Lauren Laing

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) sued the South Carolina Department of Social Services (SCDSS), social workers and doctors on Tuesday on behalf of a couple whose adopted child underwent sex assignment surgery while in the state's custody. The child, M.C., was born with "ambiguous genitals," possessing both testicular and ovarian tissue. When M.C. was …

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by Theresa Donovan

California Governor Jerry Brown and various state prison officials on Monday filed a notice of appeal to the US Supreme Court from an April order requiring the governor to reduce California's prison population. In their April order, a panel of federal judges refused to vacate or modify their 2010 order for …

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by Theresa Donovan

The Vermont House of Representatives on Monday approved a bill that would allow a consulting physician to prescribe a lethal dose of medication to a terminally ill individual who meets certain criteria. For the first three years after its passage, the legislation will model Oregon's Death with Dignity Act by including safeguards …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton on Tuesday signed a bill into law making the state the twelfth to legalize same-sex marriage. The bill was given final approval in the Senate Monday after being approved by the House of Representatives last week. At a signing ceremony on the …

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