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Legal news from Friday, June 6, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk

A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin on Friday struck down Wisconsin's same-sex marriage ban. Article XIII, Section 13 of the Wisconsin Constitution, approved by voters in 2006, defines marriage as between one man and one woman and bars recognition of same-sex marriages that occur in …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Islamabad High Court on Thursday ordered the arrest of former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) official Jonathan Banks for his involvement in a 2009 drone strike that killed civilians. Kareem Khan, whose brother and son were killed in the drone strike in Waziristan, had petitioned the court to charge Banks with murder. Banks left …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma on Wednesday granted an injunction that temporarily exempts more than 200 Catholic employers from providing insurance coverage for birth control under the of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The Catholic Benefits Association had filed suit …

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by G. Redd

A group of independent UN human rights experts on Thursday condemned Iran's execution of a political prisoner, calling for the country to end the death penalty. Gholamreza Khosravi Savadjani was arrested in 2008 for supporting western media, found guilty of enmity against God and sentenced to six years in prison. He was retried in 2011 …

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by G. Redd

The US Supreme Court on Wednesday denied a request to block same-sex marriage in Oregon pending an appeal in the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which is currently hearing several cases on the same issue. The application for stay was presented to Justice Anthony Kennedy and referred by him …

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by Bradley McAllister

Officials from the UN Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia addressed the UN Security Council Thursday to discuss the work that has been achieved as the tribunals mark 20 years of existence in 2014 and begin the process of closing by the end of the year. The officials noted the criminal tribunals started as …

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by Bradley McAllister

The 16th Control Judge of Caracas, Adriana Lopez, on Thursday ordered Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez to remain in jail until trial on charges of instigating violence, damaging property and arson committed during a political rally on February 12. Lopez is the leader of the Popular Will party, which has garnered widespread supported from the student population …

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