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Legal news from Tuesday, June 10, 2014
by William Hibbitts

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit Tuesday that challenges Alabama's same-sex marriage ban. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of April Aaron-Brush and Ginger Aaron Brush, a same-sex couple who were legally married in Massachusetts in June 2012. The lawsuit specifically challenges Section 36.03 of the Alabama Constitution and …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday confirmed charges against Congolese war crimes suspect Bosco Ntaganda. The charges consist of 18 counts of war crimes including murder, rape, sexual slavery and using child soldiers, as well as crimes against humanity charges. The ICC held a confirmation of charges …

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by William Hibbitts

Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a bill on Monday allowing undocumented students living in Florida to receive in-state college tuition rates. HB 851 will go into effect on July 1. Florida's House of Representatives approved the bill by a vote of 84-32 in May. Upon signing, Scott issued a statement:Making sure …

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by Taylor Gillan

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday declared a general amnesty for the country's prisoners, appearing to apply the decree to at least some anti-government activists and protesters, according to the official SANA news agency. The declaration closely follows the president's reelection last week to another seven-year term. While SANA did not state …

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by Taylor Gillan

Libya's Supreme Constitutional Court on Monday refused to accept the appointment of Ahmed Maetig as the country's new prime minister, declaring the nomination unconstitutional. The rejection of the Islamist-led parliament's appointment was not accompanied by any further details or instructions, and the parliament has said it will comply with the court's decision, leaving interim Prime Minister Abdullah …

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