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07/22/2014
Federal appeals courts split on health care subsidies

Two separate federal appeals court reached opposite conclusions Tuesday on subsidies for individuals who sign up for health insurance through the federal government's marketplace. The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that such subsidies are only available through state-run exchanges, currently operating in only 14 states and the District of Columbia. That ruling reversed a lower court decision from January. In contrast, the US Court of Appeals for... Read more

07/22/2014
HRW: FBI stings pushed people to terrorism

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have targeted American Muslims in abusive sting operations based on ethnic and religious identity, pushing people into terrorism, Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Columbia Law School's Human Rights Institute reported Monday. The report examines 27 cases, following them from investigation through trial. "In some cases," according to HRW, "the FBI may have created terrorists out of law-abiding individuals by suggesting... Read more

07/22/2014
Obama signs order on LGBT job discrimination

US President Barack Obama on Monday signed an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The order also explicitly bans discrimination against transgender employees of the federal government. The order does not include a religious-based exception despite pressure from some religious leaders following the US Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case in June. It... Read more

07/21/2014
Illinois governor signs bill expanding medical marijuana for seizures

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation Sunday that will allow adults and children suffering from seizures access to medical marijuana. The bill amends the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act to allow children, with parental consent, to access medical marijuana for the same range of conditions currently available to adults. The bill also expands the list of conditions for which medical marijuana is available. Upon signing, Quinn said:This new law... Read more

07/21/2014
Bahrain files suit to suspend main opposition group

Bahrain's Ministry of Justice on Sunday filed a lawsuit seeking to suspend all activities of the main Shi'ite opposition group for three months. The move comes after leaders of the Al-Wefaq party were charged recently with holding an illegal meeting with a US diplomat from the State Department. The lawsuit, however, does not mention the meeting, but rather seeks to suspend the party for violating... Read more

07/20/2014
Federal appeals court postpones execution over drug secrecy

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Saturday postponed an Arizona death row inmate's execution until prison officials reveal details on the two-drug combination that will be used for the lethal injection. Joseph Wood's attorneys argued that their client's First Amendment rights were violated by the prison officials withholding detailed information on the drugs used for his lethal injection. Wood requested the information following recent procedural issues with legal injections... Read more

07/20/2014
Florida jury hands down $40 billion verdict against tobacco company

A jury for the First Judicial Circuit of Florida on Friday handed down a verdict against RJ Reynolds Tobacco Co., awarding the plaintiff $16.8 billion in compensatory damages, and $23.6 billion in punitive damages. The case, Cynthia Robinson v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, was originally part of a larger class-action lawsuit for smoking-related injuries. However, the Florida Supreme Court ruled in Engle v. Liggett Group, Inc. that the causation of smoking-related injuries... Read more

07/19/2014
Supreme Court blocks Utah same-sex marriage recognition

The US Supreme Court on Friday issued a stay on the recognition of same-sex marriages performed in Utah pending final disposition of the appeal by the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Last week the appeals court denied Utah's request to block legal recognition of the marriages, and Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes appealed the case to the US Supreme Court. The state's ban on same-sex marriages... Read more

07/18/2014
Federal appeals court rules against Oklahoma same-sex marriage ban

The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit on Friday upheld a ruling striking down Oklahoma's same-sex marriage ban. A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma ruled in January that the state's ban on same-sex marriage violates the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the US Constitution. The appeals court based its decision on a similar ruling last month in which... Read more

07/18/2014
Florida judge strikes down same-sex marriage ban

A judge in Florida's Monroe County ruled Thursday that the state's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional. Circuit Judge Luis Garcia ruled in favor of same-sex couples who had challenged the voter-approved ban after they were denied a marriage license by the Monroe County clerk. In his ruling, Garcia found that Florida's marriage laws violate the due process and equal protection clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment:This court is aware that the majority of voters oppose same-sex marriage, but it... Read more

Webpages of Interest

New York State Unified Court System: http://www.nycourts.gov/
New York City Department of Finance: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dof/html/home/home.shtml
New York State Secretary of State: http://www.dos.ny.gov/index.html
U.S. Court System: http://www.pacer.gov/