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Legal news from Thursday, June 26, 2014
by William Hibbitts

The New York Court of Appeals ruled 4-2 Thursday that the New York City Board of Health exceeded its powers as a regulatory authority by banning the serving of large portions of sugary drinks. The Portion Cap Rule bans the sale of sugary drinks over 16 ounces, although this does not …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court ruled Thursday in NLRB v. Noel Canning that US President Barack Obama overstepped his authority when he appointed three members to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in January 2012. In an opinion by Justice Stephen Breyer, the court held that while the president does …

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by William Hibbitts

The US Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a Massachusetts law creating a 35-foot protester-free buffer zone around the entrance or driveway of an abortion clinic is unconstitutional. In McCullen v. Coakley the court considered the questions of whether the buffer zone, created by the Reproductive Health Care Facilities Act, violated the First …

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by Peter Snyder

UN Special Rapporteurs on torture and the right to health, Juan Mendez and Anand Grover, on Wednesday urged the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament, to withdraw proposed amendments to the Prisons Act which would allow the forced feeding and medical treatment of inmates currently participating in a hunger strike. A large number of Palestinian prisoners have …

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by Peter Snyder

Defense counsel for convicted war criminal Germain Katanga discontinued their appeal Wednesday, effectively finalizing the International Criminal Court's judgment against him in March. Katanga, the alleged commander of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) rebel group Force de refsistance patriotique en Ituri (FRPI) was found guilty of four counts of …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

Three UN rights experts on Wednesday condemned the city of Detroit's Water and Sewage Department (DWSD) disconnection of water services for failure to pay due to lack of means as a violation of human rights. The experts' criticism comes in response to a report submitted by the Detroit People's Water Board, the Blue …

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by Dominic Yobbi

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Oregon ruled Tuesday that the government's practice of adding people to a no-fly list is unconstitutional. US District Judge Anna Brown ruled that the list, which bans people from commercial flights due to alleged links to terrorism, violates a person's constitutional rights because it …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

A panel of judges sitting for the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit on Wednesday upheld a lower court's ruling striking down Utah's constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. The US District Court for the District of Utah struck down Utah's constitutional and statutory bans on same-sex marriage in December, …

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by Dominic Yobbi

A former accountant for Bernard Madoff pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges connected to Madoff's multibillion dollar Ponzi scheme. Paul Konigsberg, a 78-year-old former senior tax partner at Konigsberg Wolf & Co and the last defendant in the Madoff prosecutions, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy and two counts of falsifying records of a …

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