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Legal news from Friday, August 30, 2013
by Peter Snyder

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Oregon ruled Wednesday that those placed on the US government's no-fly list have "a constitutionally-protected liberty interest in traveling internationally by air, which is affected by being placed on the No Fly List." The plaintiffs in the case are 13 US citizens who were …

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by Peter Snyder

Portugal's Constitutional Court struck down an austerity measure Thursday that would have made it easier for the government to lay off civil servants. The revised law applied to government employees deemed redundant and that had been unemployed for more than 12 months. The law gave such employees the choice of …

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by Lauren Laing

A judge for the US District Court for the Central District of California held Thursday that Title 38's exclusion of same-sex spouses regarding veteran's benefits is unconstitutional. Tracey Cooper-Harris, a 12-year Army veteran, sued the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) after it denied her fully disability benefits because she is married to a woman. In …

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by Kimberly Bennett

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday that Cambodia's Khmer Rouge tribunal, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), is running out of money, threatening its survival. Ban urged international donors to provide financial support to keep the tribunal running. Due to the financial strain, some staff have not been paid …

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by Lauren Laing

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday announced that it will not interfere with states experimenting with marijuana legalization, so long as those jurisdictions practice strict regulatory schemes. Deputy Attorney General James Cole issued a memorandum instructing federal prosecutors to focus their efforts only on conduct that interferes with any one of …

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by Addison Morris

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Thursday upheld California's law prohibiting licensed therapists from counseling minors with the intent to convert their sexual orientation from gay to straight. Two federal judges have split on the issue, with one blocking the law's enforcement and another refusing to issue an …

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by Kimberly Bennett

State secretary at the Justice Ministry of Hungary Robert Repassy announced on Thursday that the government is proposing new constitutional amendments to reduce criticism over its 2012 constitutional amendments. Repassy stated that the amendments would contain new rules on the recognition of religious groups, as well as modifications to the bans on political advertisements on …

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by Addison Morris

The US Treasury Department announced Thursday that the Treasury, along with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will now recognize the marriages of all same-sex couples for federal tax purposes. This recognition is to take place for legally-married couples living in all states, including jurisdictions that do not recognize same-sex marriage. The …

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