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Congressman introduces bill to legalize marijuana oil

US Representative Scott Perry (R-PA) on Monday introduced a bill to nationally legalize cannabidiol (CBD) oil, or marijuana extract, which has been shown to treat seizures in children suffering from epilepsy. Although the bill, called the "Charlotte's Web Medical Hemp Act of 2014," does not legalize all forms of marijuana for medical use, it does remove CBD oil and therapeutic hemp from the federal definition of marijuana in the Controlled Substances Act.... Read more

Federal Judge declares DC gun law unconstitutional

US Federal Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. on Saturday ruled that the District of Columbia law prohibiting the carrying of pistols in public is unconstitutional. It is reported that Judge Scullin issued an order addressed to the city and police department to end the ban on firearms. However, it has been undetermined if actual notice of the ruling has been received by D.C. officials and officers. Alan Gura, the attorney for the group trying... Read more

US appeals court sets date for oral arguments on same-sex marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin

The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit announced Friday that it will hear oral arguments on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin before a panel of three judges in August. The states requested that their arguments be heard en banc, but the court rejected the request. Federal judges struck down Wisconsin and Indiana's same-sex marriage bans in June, but both holdings were stayed while the... Read more

Congress passes legislation legalizing cell phone unlocking

The US House of Representatives on Friday passed a bill that would make it legal for individuals to open the digital locks on their cellphones. The process, known as unlocking or jailbreaking, is currently illegal, punishable by fines of up to $500,000 and five years in jail for unlocking cellphones without the authorization of wireless carriers. The bill, known as the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, was passed... Read more

Judge rules Colorado ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional

A federal judge for the US District Court for the District of Colorado on Wednesday struck down Colorado's ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional, but he elected to stay his ruling until August 25 pending an appeal to a higher court. Wednesday's ruling found in favor of six same-sex couples who brought a challenge to the 2006 marriage amendment in the state that defines marriage as a union between a... Read more

Federal appeals courts issue conflicting rulings over subsidies for healthcare exchanges

Two federal appeals courts in the US issued conflicting rulings within hours of one another on Tuesday, as the federal court system continues to grapple with the legal ramifications of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The most recent legal debate with the PPACA surrounds the issue of whether subsidies may be awarded by the federal government in states that elect not to set up their own health insurance exchange. In the first... Read more

Seven arrested in $1.6 million StubHub fraud case

New York District Attorney Cyrus Vance announced Wednesday that police have arrested seven individuals on charges connecting them to an international group that defrauded the online ticketing service StubHub of approximately $1.6 million. Six of the seven arrests were made Tuesday, including three in London, two in New York and one in Toronto. The seventh individual was arrested earlier this month in Spain. The remaining cybercriminals include an American that is expected to... Read more

Supreme Court allows execution of Arizona prisoner

The US Supreme Court vacated a decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, granting a conditional preliminary injunction in the execution of an Arizona death row inmate. The Ninth Circuit stayed the inmate's execution on Sunday, refusing to allow the execution to move forward until prison officials revealed the details of the secret two-drug combination to be used for the lethal injection. In its three-sentence opinion, the... Read more

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

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

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