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Legal news from Tuesday, April 22, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases Tuesday. In Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus the court heard arguments on whether an Ohio law that imposes penalties for making knowingly false statements about political candidates violates the right to free speech. The Ohio law makes it a criminal offense …

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by Taylor Gillan

The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Monday stayed the execution of two death row prisoners who have challenged the legality of the state's lethal injection drugs. The stay comes just one day before one of the inmates, Clayton Lockett, was to be executed and one week before Charles Warner was scheduled to die. A joint request …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Gay rights group Lambda Legal on Tuesday filed a lawsuit challenging Georgia's ban on same-sex marriage. The lawsuit was filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia on behalf of a widow and three same-sex couples. The widow, who married her spouse in New York last year, …

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by Amy Mathieu

The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on Tuesday in Navarette v. California that the traffic stop in this particular case was permissible under the Fourth Amendment because the officer had reasonable suspicion that the driver was intoxicated. In 2008 police officers stopped Lorenzo Prado Navarette based on a 911 tip that the …

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by Amy Mathieu

Judge Anna Nekryach of the Babushkinsky district court on Tuesday found opposition leader Alexei Navalny guilty of slander. A Moscow City Duma Deputy, Aleksei Lisovenko filed the lawsuit [RFE/RL report] after Navalny allegedly posed about Lisovenko on his Twitter account, calling the deputy a drug addict. Nekryach found …

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by Taylor Gillan

A Saudi Arabian court on Monday sentenced three people to death for their roles in attacks on expatriate resident compounds in Riyadh in May 2003, bringing the total death sentences to eight. Another 77 people have been sentenced to prison terms ranging from two to 35 years by the court, which was created to handle terrorism …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court ruled 6-2 Tuesday in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action that the judiciary lacks the authority to overturn a Michigan voter initiative that amended the state's constitution to prohibit race- and sex-based discrimination or preferential treatment in public university admissions decisions. The case concerns Proposal 2, …

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