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Federal Judge declares DC gun law unconstitutional
3:20 PM ET, July 27
[JURIST] US Federal Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. [official profile] on Saturday ruled that the District of Columbia law prohibiting the carrying of pistols in public is unconstitutional. It is reported [Washinton Post report] that Judge Scullin issued an order addressed to the city and police department to end the ban on firearms. However, it has been undetermined if actual notice of the ruling has been received by D.C. officials and officers. Alan Gura, the attorney for the group trying...... [full story]

US appeals court sets date for oral arguments on same-sex marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin
12:04 PM ET, July 26
[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official website] announced Friday that it will hear oral arguments on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin before a panel of three judges in August. The states requested that their arguments be heard en banc, but the court rejected the request [AP report]. Federal judges struck down Wisconsin and Indiana's [JURIST report] same-sex marriage bans in June, but both holdings [JURIST reports] were stayed while the...... [full story]

Congress passes legislation legalizing cell phone unlocking
12:04 PM ET, July 26
[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] on Friday passed [bill status summary] a bill [text, PDF] that would make it legal for individuals to open the digital locks on their cellphones. The process, known as unlocking or jailbreaking, is currently illegal [text, PDF], punishable by fines of up to $500,000 and five years in jail for unlocking cellphones without the authorization of wireless carriers. The bill, known as the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, was passed...... [full story]

Judge rules Colorado ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional
9:35 AM ET, July 25
[JURIST] A federal judge for the US District Court for the District of Colorado [official website] on Wednesday struck down Colorado's ban on same-sex marriage [JURIST backgrounder] as unconstitutional, but he elected to stay his ruling until August 25 pending an appeal to a higher court. Wednesday's ruling found in favor of six same-sex couples [Reuters report] who brought a challenge to the 2006 marriage amendment [Amendment 43, PDF] in the state that defines marriage as a union between a...... [full story]

Federal appeals courts issue conflicting rulings over subsidies for healthcare exchanges
1:41 PM ET, July 24
[JURIST] Two federal appeals courts in the US issued conflicting rulings within hours of one another on Tuesday, as the federal court system continues to grapple with the legal ramifications of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) [tex, PDF]. The most recent legal debate with the PPACA surrounds the issue of whether subsidies [WP report] may be awarded by the federal government in states that elect not to set up their own health insurance exchange. In the first...... [full story]

Seven arrested in $1.6 million StubHub fraud case
1:03 PM ET, July 24
[JURIST] New York District Attorney Cyrus Vance [official profile] announced [press release] Wednesday that police have arrested seven individuals on charges connecting them to an international group that defrauded the online ticketing service StubHub [official website] of approximately $1.6 million. Six of the seven arrests were made Tuesday, including three in London, two in New York and one in Toronto. The seventh individual was arrested earlier this month in Spain. The remaining cybercriminals include an American that is expected to...... [full story]

Supreme Court allows execution of Arizona prisoner
6:14 PM ET, July 23
[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] vacated [opinion, PDF] a decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website], granting a conditional preliminary injunction in the execution of an Arizona death row inmate. The Ninth Circuit stayed the inmate's execution on Sunday, refusing to allow the execution to move forward [JURIST report] until prison officials revealed the details of the secret two-drug combination to be used for the lethal injection. In its three-sentence opinion, the...... [full story]

Federal appeals courts split on health care subsidies
1:03 PM ET, July 22
[JURIST] Two separate federal appeals court reached opposite conclusions Tuesday on subsidies for individuals who sign up for health insurance through the federal government's marketplace. The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] that such subsidies are only available through state-run exchanges, currently operating in only 14 states and the District of Columbia. That ruling reversed a lower court decision [JURIST report] from January. In contrast, the US Court of Appeals for...... [full story]

HRW: FBI stings pushed people to terrorism
10:07 AM ET, July 22
[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) [official websites] have targeted American Muslims in abusive sting operations based on ethnic and religious identity, pushing people into terrorism, Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Columbia Law School's Human Rights Institute [advocacy websites] reported [materials] Monday. The report examines [HRW report] 27 cases, following them from investigation through trial. "In some cases," according to HRW, "the FBI may have created terrorists out of law-abiding individuals by suggesting...... [full story]

Obama signs order on LGBT job discrimination
9:07 AM ET, July 22
[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] on Monday signed an executive order [text; fact sheet] barring federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The order also explicitly bans discrimination against transgender employees of the federal government. The order does not include [USA Today report] a religious-based exception despite pressure from some religious leaders following the US Supreme Court [official website] decision [opinion, PDF] in the Hobby Lobby case [JURIST report] in June. It...... [full story]

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