Legal news from Saturday, May 31, 2014

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that Missouri's ban on desecrating the American flag is unconstitutional. On October 20, 2009, Frank Snider was arrested for violating Missouri Revised Statute 578.095 [text] by shredding an American flag and tossing the remnants … [read more]

[JURIST] The Departmental Appeals Board of Health and Human Services (DAB) [official website] on Friday revoked a National Coverage Determination (NCD) [December HHS Summary] barring Medicare payment for gender reassignment surgeries. The revoked NCD was issued in 1981 [HHS index] and refused to pay [advocacy backgrounder] for surgery as a … [read more]

[JURIST] A Cambodian court on Friday convicted 23 workers and activists for inciting violence during a mass garment workers' strike but suspended their jail sentence, which has caused a lot of controversy and international scrutiny. The ruling reverses the appeals court's decision in February, which refused the release [JURIST report] … [read more]

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Turkey [official website] on Tuesday ruled that a previous decision to ban Youtube [corporate website] violated users' freedom of speech rights. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan [BBC profile] had imposed the ban on YouTube and Twitter [JURIST report] after illicit recordings of top security talks … [read more]

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