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Legal news from Friday, May 23, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk

Six couples filed a federal lawsuit Thursday challenging South Dakota's ban on same-sex marriage. The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court for the District of South Dakota, challenges a law passed by the legislature in 1996 and a constitutional amendment approved by voters in 2006. The suit claims that the laws …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US House of Representatives voted 303-121 Thursday to approve a bill that would curb the powers of the National Security Agency (NSA) to collect phone records. The USA Freedom Act would end the bulk collection of phone records and instead require the NSA to query phone companies about individual …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday sentenced Congolese militia leader Germain Katanga to 12 years in prison for war crimes. Katanga, the alleged commander of the Patriotic Resistance Forces in Ituri, an armed militia group from the Ituri region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), was convicted …

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by G. Redd

British Petroleum (BP) announced Wednesday that it will appeal a recent US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit decision to the US Supreme Court. The March decision by the Fifth Circuit rejected BP's claim that payments to alleged oil spill victims claiming economic losses should be excluded because the damages …

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by G. Redd

The American Civil Liberties Union of Montana filed a complaint on Thursday reviving a challenge to the state's same-sex marriage ban that was dismissed in December 2012. In contrast to previous cases, this complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief specifically targets the 2004 state constitutional amendment that bans same-sex marriage, whereas other …

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