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Legal news from Thursday, June 25, 2015
by William Helbling

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday released a report containing evidence that many Colombian army generals and colonels knew about or should have known about extrajudicial killings of civilians between 2002 and 2008. According to the group, prosecutors are investigating a total of 3,000 cases involving military troops killing civilians to boost death counts to combat …

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by Devin Montgomery

The US Supreme Court on Thursday ruled 6-3 in King v. Burwell that tax credits available to those who buy health insurance through state exchanges are also available to those who buy it through the federal exchange. At issue was language [26 USC § 36B ] in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which …

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by Dominic Yobbi

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday unsealed the indictment of a Turkish man for allegedly organizing three cyber-attacks that led to an estimated $55 million in global losses. Ercan Findikoglu, after being extradited to the US from Germany on Tuesday, plead not guilty to 18 counts, including computer intrusion conspiracy and …

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by William Helbling

The French Parliament on Wednesday adopted a surveillance bill that would give French intelligence services the authority to monitor Internet use metadata. It is reported that the bill also allows for court ordered surveillance of suspects homes and cars utilizing beacons and tracking devices. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has commented [JURIST …

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by Laura DeGeer

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed two bills Wednesday loosening Wisconsin's gun laws. The bills, to take effect on Friday, eliminate Wisconsin's 48-hour waiting period for purchasing a handgun and allow off duty, retired and out-of-state police officers to carry firearms on school grounds. Both the content and timing of …

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by Dominic Yobbi

US President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that the government will no longer threaten litigation against families of US hostages who attempt to pay ransoms for the release of their loved ones. Obama plans to make this change a part of a larger overhaul of US policy on recovering hostages. He said that although …

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