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Legal news from Tuesday, October 15, 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in three cases Tuesday, including an affirmative action case and a case on suing foreign corporations in US courts. In Daimler AG v. Bauman the court heard arguments on "whether it violates due process for a court to exercise general personal jurisdiction over …

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by Cynthia Miley

Buncombe County Register of Deeds Drew Reisinger, in Asheville, North Carolina, announced Monday he will begin accepting marriage license applications from same-sex couples and requested review of the decision from North Carolina's Attorney General. Attorney General Roy Cooper has stated that he supports same-sex marriage but has also stated …

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by Laura Klein Mullen

Suspected terrorist Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai appeared in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Tuesday to plead not guilty to charges that he helped plan and conduct surveillance for the bombings of US embassies in Africa in 1998. Since his arrest earlier this month, Ruqai has been undergoing interrogation aboard …

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by Laura Klein Mullen

Former Liberian president Charles Taylor was transferred on Tuesday from The Hague to a British prison, where he will serve his 50-year sentence for war crimes. Taylor has been convicted of aiding rebels who committed atrocities, including terrorism, rape and murder, during the civil war in Sierra Leone. The Hague had agreed …

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by Cynthia Miley

The National Security Agency (NSA) has been collecting contact lists from personal e-mail and instant messaging programs around the world in an attempt to combat terrorism or other criminal activity, according a Washington Post report Monday. The information about the collection came from senior intelligence officials and documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden [JURIST …

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by Theresa Donovan

Civil rights groups on Monday requested that the US Department of Justice (DOJ) renew its investigation into the 1985 bombing of a California office building that killed Palestinian-American civil rights leader Alex Odeh. An online petition, which now has approximately 10,000 signatures, was created by the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) and various other civil …

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by Theresa Donovan

The US Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to rule on the federal government's power to regulate certain greenhouse gases. The court granted petitions for certiorari in six related cases, consolidating them and limiting the grant to the following question: "Whether EPA permissibly determined that its regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from new motor vehicles triggered …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

A UN-backed report released Monday warned that victims of human trafficking in South-East Asia are not given adequate help for reintegration into their communities. Reintegration of human trafficking victims involves many steps following an individual's exit from trafficking, but begins with identifying the trafficked person and providing services to support social and economic reintegration …

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