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Legal news from Tuesday, September 1, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

The California Senate on Monday unanimously approved Senate Bill 358, which would strengthen existing equal pay policies and help close the remaining gender pay gap. The bill broadens existing policies by stating that women must be paid the same for doing "substantially similar" work. The bill also protects workers from retaliation based on sharing their wages …

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by Jacqueline Jones

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Monday that a six-foot-tall statue of Jesus may remain on US Forest Service land. The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed the suit claiming that the statue, located atop Whitefish Mountain in Montana, violated the First Amendment's Establishment Clause. The …

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by Taylor Gillan

Privacy International reported Monday that Colombian intelligence agencies have been developing surveillance tools to collect large amounts of data without a warrant. According to the advocacy group, a newly changed intelligence law has made it possible for police and state security agencies to gather large amounts of personal data from people's private communications. One such tool, …

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by Taylor Gillan

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia ruled Monday that employers may refuse to provide insurance coverage for contraception for moral reasons, rather than restricting the ability to refuse to those with religious objections. The case was brought by an anti-abortion group called March for Life, which opposes methods of birth control that …

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by William Helbling

The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday upheld a 2011 decision that countries must consider immigrants' asylum cases individually. According to the facts of the case, three Tunisian immigrants were detained by Italian authorities while trying to enter the country by boat. While detained the Tunisians claim that they faced …

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by William Helbling

The US Supreme Court on Monday denied a Kentucky county clerk's bid to continue refusing to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples pending an appeal. Kim Davis, the clerk for Rowan county, has declined to extend marriage licenses to same-sex couples following the Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, claiming that …

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by Steven Wildberger

White House spokesperson Josh Earnest on Monday said President Barack Obama is considering a "wide array" of options for closing the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. While Earnest said that Congressional consent would be the best means to shut the facility down, he would not rule out executive action as a last resort. Seeking to …

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by Steven Wildberger

The US Supreme Court on Monday granted former Virginia governor Robert McDonnell's emergency application to stay his mandated jailing while the court decides whether to hear his appeal. The order will keep McDonnell out of jail either until the Supreme Court rules in his favor, rules against him or denies certiorari. Had the Justices denied …

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