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Legal news from Thursday, August 15, 2013
by Endia Vereen

The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled Wednesday that the Michigan law criminalizing begging is unconstitutional because it violates free speech rights. A person convicted under the Depression-era law is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 90 days or a fine of not more than $500.00, or …

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by Blake Lynch

A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Indiana on Tuesday dismissed a challenge to parts of Indiana's immigration law. Union Benefica Mexicana named the state of Indiana, the governor, the attorney general, three northwestern Indiana county prosecutors and three northwestern Indiana county sheriffs in the …

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by Blake Lynch

The Supreme Court of California on Wednesday ended legal challenges over Proposition 8 California's now-defunct same-sex marriage ban. Supporters such as Protect Marriage had argued that a sole judge lacked the authority to overturn a state constitutional amendment, that applicable injunctions permitting same-sex marriage applied in at most two …

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by G. Redd

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Wednesday urged Hamas to halt all executions in the Gaza strip. According to the UN, the attorney general in Gaza announced that those executions stayed for Ramadan would recommence at the end of the Eid al-Fitr celebrations. Pillay objected to these executions …

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by G. Redd

The US Department of Defense (DOD) announced Wednesday that it will extend benefits to same-sex couples in compliance with the June 26 Supreme Court ruling that striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Likewise, those couples stationed in a jurisdiction that will not provide a valid marriage certificate to same-sex couples will …

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by Daniel Mullen

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday condemned the latest violent clashes in Egypt. While the situation in Egypt is ongoing and the UN is still gathering information on the day's events, the secretary-general admonished Egyptian authorities for ignoring his recent call for all sides to strive for a peaceful resolution and instead responded …

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by Daniel Mullen

A group of labor prosecutors in Brazil named Samsung in a lawsuit over the company's substandard labor conditions in its Brazilian factories. Samsung is being asked to pay USD $108 in damages and to bear the cost of treatment for employees with occupational diseases for subjecting assembly line employees to 15-hour shifts, in violation of …

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