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Legal news from Tuesday, August 27, 2013
by Cynthia Miley

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on Tuesday challenging a Nebraska policy banning gay and lesbian people from becoming foster parents. The complaint was filed at a state court in Lincoln on behalf of three same-sex couples who claim the policy violates their right to equal protection rights. …

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by Cynthia Miley

A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California on Monday granted final approval to a $20 million settlement agreement with Facebook over its "Sponsored Stories." The "Sponsored Stories" program shared with a user's Facebook friends when a user clicked "like" on particular advertisers and generally included a …

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by Theresa Donovan

A judge for the Second Judicial District Court of New Mexico on Tuesday ordered district court clerks to begin granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples in Bernalillo County, the largest county in New Mexico, in accordance with a Monday ruling that held that the refusal to grant marriage licenses to these couples is in violation …

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by Theresa Donovan

The head of the German prosecutors' office that specializes in investigating Nazi crimes reported on Monday that its investigation into 50 individuals suspected of serving as guards at Auschwitz is almost complete. The individuals are being investigated under a new legal theory, which argues that a person who served in a death camp can be charged …

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by Benjamin Minegar

Iraq's Supreme Federal Court on Tuesday invalidated a law that effectively blocked Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki from pursuing a third term in the nation's upcoming elections. Iraqi parliament members passed the measure in January to limit the offices of premier, president and parliament speaker to two terms. Opponents of the …

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by Benjamin Minegar

The UN Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) failed to adequately investigate missing person reports in the aftermath of the 1998-99 Kosovo war with Serbia, Amnesty International (AI) reported Tuesday. According to AI, a 1999 UN resolution charged the UNMIK with protecting and promoting human rights in Kosovo in accordance with …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory on Sunday allowed a bill that prohibits North Carolina judges from considering Islamic law in their decisions to become law. House Bill 522 prevents courts from applying foreign law in divorce, alimony and child custody actions, if doing so would violate a person's federal or state constitutional rights. Although the …

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