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Legal news from Sunday, January 5, 2014

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] ruled [text, PDF] on Friday that the executive branch may continue to withhold a Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] memo that established the legal basis for telephone companies to give customers' calling records to the … [read more]

[JURIST] Tunisian members of parliament rejected Islam as the main source of law for the country on Saturday as they voted to establish a new constitution. The Islamist-led party and secular parties overcame [Reuters report] intense debate about Islam's role in the country before beginning to draft the new constitution. … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Friday filed an appeal to a federal district court ruling [opinion] that held that the National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] program of collecting phone call data is likely unconstitutional [JURIST report]. In December Judge Richard Leon granted in part … [read more]

[JURIST] The respondents challenging Utah's ban on same-sex marriage on Friday filed a brief [text, PDF] with the US Supreme Court opposing the state's request to stay [JURIST report] the district court's ruling striking down the ban pending appeal. The respondents argue that the state must meet an "especially high … [read more]

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