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Legal news from Monday, June 30, 2014
by William Hibbitts

A group of UN human rights experts for the expressed their anger Monday after an Egyptian court confirmed the death sentences of 183 people. According to the UN, all of the defendants were alleged supporters of ex-president Mohammed Morsi and his party the Muslim Brotherhood. The experts noted that the credibility of the …

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by William Hibbitts

The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday that closely held for-profit corporations can deny coverage of contraception costs because of their religious beliefs. In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Burwell the court considered whether, under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA), a for-profit corporation can …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court granted certiorari Monday in five cases. In Mach Mining v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission [docket; cert. petition, PDF] the court will consider whether and to what extent a court may enforce the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC) mandatory duty to conciliate discrimination claims before filing suit. Title VII …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday in Harris v. Quinn that the state cannot require home health care workers to pay union fees. The court stopped short of overruling its 1977 decision in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, which held that state employees who choose not to join a public-sector …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

Analysts at Human Rights Watch (HRW) announced Thursday that members of the militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) executed more than 160 men in at least two locations between June 11 and 14. HRW concluded that ISIS committed mass executions after seizing control of the city of Tikrit …

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