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Legal news from Thursday, April 28, 2016
by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

The US House of Representatives voted unanimously Wednesday to pass the Email Privacy Act". The purpose of the bill is to protect the e-mail correspondence of American citizens, as under the current Electronic Communications Privacy Act, passed in 1986, local and federal police agencies have the ability to read e-mails at will that are at …

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by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

China passed a new law Thursday restricting non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and subjecting them to intense governmental scrutiny and other obligations such as reporting their sources of income and increasing the number of reasons for which their licenses will be revoked, including spreading rumors. Amnesty International (AI) stated that under the new law, "authorities—particularly the …

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by Steven Wildberger

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam on Wednesday announced that he signed into law a bill allowing therapists to refuse to treat patients based on religious objections, when that patient's "goals, outcomes or behaviors" conflict with the counselor's "sincerely held principles." The bill permits therapists to refuse service only if the individual is not in imminent …

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by Steven Wildberger

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert was sentenced Wednesday to 15 months in prison on bank fraud charges relating to his payment of hush money to alleged sexual abuse victims. In Judge Thomas Durkin's federal district courtroom, Hastert admitted for the first time that he sexually abused student athletes while working as a teacher in Illinois. The statute of …

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