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Legal news from Saturday, December 21, 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper declassified documents on Saturday that show how the National Security Agency (NSA) was authorized to collect bulk phone and internet records from US citizens without individualized suspicion. Clapper disclosed that President George W. Bush first authorized the data collection in October 2001 as part of the Terrorist Surveillance …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed a controversial immigration bill [A1659/S2355, PDF] Friday that will allow students in the country illegally to be eligible for in-state rates to attend state colleges, effective immediately. Christie's administration and the state senate reached a compromise on what has been known as the state's version of the DREAM Act on Friday, …

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by Jaimie Cremeans

Egyptian prosecutors on Saturday referred former President Mohamed Morsi to trial for charges of organizing a 2011 prison break, spreading chaos and abducting policemen in the country. The trial for these charges will be the third trial that has been referred by prosecutors since Morsi was ousted in July. The …

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by Jaimie Cremeans

US District Court for the District of Utah on Friday ruled that Utah's constitutional and statutory bans on same-sex marriage violate due process and equal protection guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment to the US Constitution. Constitutional Amendment 3, which amended Utah's constitution to define marriage as a "legal union between a …

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