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Legal news from Sunday, January 5, 2014
by Amy Mathieu

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled on Friday that the executive branch may continue to withhold a Department of Justice (DOJ) memo that established the legal basis for telephone companies to give customers' calling records to the government without a subpoena or court order. The classified memo …

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by Amy Mathieu

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 intense debate about Islam's role in the country before beginning to draft the new constitution. The National Constituent Assembly adopted only 12 of …

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by Lauren Laing

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Friday filed an appeal to a federal district court ruling that held that the National Security Agency (NSA) program of collecting phone call data is likely unconstitutional. In December Judge Richard Leon granted in part the plaintiffs' motion for a preliminary injunction, but he stayed …

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by Lauren Laing

The respondents challenging Utah's ban on same-sex marriage on Friday filed a brief with the US Supreme Court opposing the state's request to stay the district court's ruling striking down the ban pending appeal. The respondents argue that the state must meet an "especially high burden," because it is asking that a circuit justice grant …

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