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Legal news from Saturday, December 21, 2013

[JURIST] US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper [official website] declassified documents on Saturday that show how the National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] 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 … [read more]

[JURIST] New Jersey Governor Chris Christie [official website] 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 … [read more]

[JURIST] Egyptian prosecutors on Saturday referred former President Mohamed Morsi [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] 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 [AP report] that has been referred by … [read more]

[JURIST] US District Court for the District of Utah [official website] on Friday ruled [opinion, PDF] that Utah's constitutional and statutory bans on same-sex marriage violate due process and equal protection guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment [text] to the US Constitution. Constitutional Amendment 3 [Ballotpedia backgrounder], which amended Utah's … [read more]

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