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Legal news from Saturday, May 31, 2014
by G. Redd

The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled 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 by shredding an American flag and tossing the remnants in the street, a Class A misdemeanor. Upon review of …

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by G. Redd

The Departmental Appeals Board of Health and Human Services (DAB) on Friday revoked a National Coverage Determination (NCD) barring Medicare payment for gender reassignment surgeries. The revoked NCD was issued in 1981 and refused to pay for surgery as a treatment for gender dysphoria due to a lack of knowledge …

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by William Helbling

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 of the workers and activists facing criminal charges. It has …

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by William Helbling

The Constitutional Court of Turkey on Tuesday ruled that a previous decision to ban Youtube violated users' freedom of speech rights. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had imposed the ban on YouTube and Twitter after illicit recordings of top security talks were posted on YouTube and distributed through Twitter. The court …

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