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Legal news from Monday, June 16, 2014
by William Hibbitts

UN high commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay expressed deep alarm on Monday over inter-communal violence occurring in Sri Lanka. Violence occurred between Buddhists and Muslims after a rally by the Buddhist group Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) protesting an alleged assault by Muslim youth against a monk at the local temple. Pillay expressed her concern, …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday in Abramski v. United States that the government can enforce a ban on purchasing a gun for someone else, a so-called "straw purchase," even if that other person is lawfully allowed to have a gun. The court held that a gun buyer's intent to sell a …

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by William Hibbitts

The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday in Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus that the Susan B. Anthony List (SBA) and the Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes (COAST) can proceed with a lawsuit challenging an Ohio law that criminalizes spreading false statements during the course of a political …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Monday denied appeals from Argentina over debts stemming from an economic collapse over a decade ago. The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled in October 2012 that Argentina must pay $1.33 billion to bondholders when it repays its debts. The Second Circuit affirmed a district court ruling …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in two cases. In Elonis v. United States [docket; cert. petition, PDF] the question presented is: "Whether, consistent with the First Amendment and Virginia v. Black, ... conviction of threatening another person requires proof of the defendant's subjective intent to threaten, as required by the …

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