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Legal news from Tuesday, July 16, 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

Three same-sex couples on Monday filed a lawsuit challenging Arkansas' same-sex marriage ban. The plaintiffs argue that Amendment 83 to the Arkansas Constitution, which reads, "Marriage consists only of the union of one man and one woman," violates their rights to equal protection and due process under the Fourteenth Amendment of the US Constitution. Two …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A state judge in North Dakota ruled Monday that a 2011 North Dakota law that restricts drug-induced abortions is unconstitutional. Judge Wickham Corwin of the Cass County District Court had announced his intention to strike down the law following a three-day trial in April, and he issued his 58-page ruling on Monday. …

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by Benjamin Minegar

The Supreme Court of California on Tuesday rejected a request from Proposition 8 supporters to halt same-sex marriages. Last week attorneys representing Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) and Protect Marriage filed a petition emphasizing that the US Supreme Court's decision in Hollingsworth v. Perry did not directly …

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by Laura Klein Mullen

Lawyers for former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich filed an appeal with the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit just before a midnight deadline on Monday, challenging Blagojevich's conviction and sentencing. Blagojevich was found guilty on 18 charges of corruption in his second trial and ultimately sentenced to a 14-year prison term. …

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by Benjamin Minegar

The US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) on Monday granted a motion by Yahoo to declassify a 2008 FISC judgment that required the company to comply with government requests for user information under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). The FISC also mandated that actual Yahoo metadata collected by the National Security Agency (NSA) …

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by G. Redd

The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday rejected a request by Kenyan officials to change the forum of their trials to Kenya or Tanzania. Joshua Sang and William Ruto are accused of inciting violence after the 2007 presidential election, in which 1,100 people died. Lawyers for both defendants filed a joint application …

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by G. Redd

The Chinese education system fails to include students with disabilities, according to a report released Monday by Human Rights Watch (HRW). The report, "As Long as They Let Us Stay in Class: Barriers to Education for Persons with Disabilities in China," is based on more than 60 interviews with students with disabilities and their …

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by Jaimie Cremeans

A judge for Georgia's Fulton County Superior Court on Monday stayed the execution of death row inmate Warren Lee Hill, which was scheduled for 7:00 PM that night. Hill's attorney, Brian Kammer, issued a statement Monday afternoon announcing that the court had decided to delay the execution in order to hold a …

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