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Legal news from Tuesday, May 20, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk

A judge for the US District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania on Tuesday struck down Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed the federal lawsuit last July on behalf of 21 Pennsylvania residents who wished to marry their same-sex partners …

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by Peter Snyder

The Thai military declared martial law in the Southeast Asian nation on Tuesday. Commander of the Thai army, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, has stated that the army's declaration is not a coup but will remain in place until "peace and order" has been restored. The declaration of martial law was announced on a military run television station, citing …

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by Peter Snyder

Swiss bank Credit Suisse pleaded guilty Monday to a criminal charge for its role in helping Americans avoid taxes, according to a speech from US Attorney General Eric Holder. Credit Suisse will pay a $2.5 billion financial penalty to the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Federal Reserve and the …

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by Kimberly Bennett

The Supreme Court of Georgia ruled Monday that a state law that makes the identity of an execution drug supplier a "confidential state secret" is constitutional. In a 5-2 decision, the court reversed a lower court ruling that granted a stay of execution to death row inmate Warren Lee Hill. Hill's lawyer …

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by Kimberly Bennett

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday announced that a grand jury in the Western District of Pennsylvania brought hacking charges against the Chinese nationals in a case of cyber espionage. The indictment alleges that the defendants were involved in computer hacking, economic espionage and other offenses directed at six US victims …

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by Taylor Gillan

A jury for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Monday convicted Egyptian-born Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri of supporting terrorism. Al-Masri was found guilty of 11 criminal charges, which included planning to establish a jihad training camp in Oregon, conspiring to kidnap …

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by Taylor Gillan

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Oregon on Monday struck down Oregon's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, saying that the ban could not be enforced because it unconstitutionally discriminates against same-sex couples. In his opinion, Judge Michael McShane wrote that because the laws discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, …

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