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Legal news from Saturday, June 29, 2013
by Samuel Franklin

A federal judge on Friday blocked Michigan's ban on domestic partner benefits for employees who work for public schools or local governments, saying the plaintiffs have demonstrated a likelihood of success on their equal protection claim by providing evidence of the state's discriminatory purpose. Passed in 2011 by a Republican-controlled Legislature, the …

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by Samuel Franklin

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Friday warned that recent appointments to Afghanistan's top human rights body compromise its independence, recommending that President Hamid Karzai reconsider the appointments and re-open the selection process. Earlier this month President Karzai appointed five new commissioners to the human rights board, known as …

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by Blake Lynch

The U.S. military's highest court, the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, overturned the murder conviction of Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins III. The Court's decision was based on the claim that Sgt. Hutchins's constitutional rights were violated when he was held in solitary confinement without access to a lawyer for seven days in 2006. Sgt. …

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by Blake Lynch

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Friday announced in a one-sentence order that the ban on same-sex marriages "is dissolved effective immediately". This order comes after the Supreme Court's decision on Wednesday that upheld the invalidation of Proposition 8. After Friday's court order, California Governor Jerry …

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