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Posted 2 years ago in Gay and Lesbian issues Government by Aaron Kase  
Supreme Court To Hear Two Gay Marriage Cases

The Supreme Court announced on Friday that it would take up two cases which challenge the constitutionality of bans on LGBT marriage. In one case, the court will rule on the Defense of Marriage Act, which bans federal recognition of same sex marriage, effectively blocking LGBT couples from tax benefits and other privileges of official partnership in the eyes of Uncle Sam. New York resident Edith Windsor challenged DOMA as a violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth …

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Posted 2 years ago in Criminal Law Social Networks by Jennifer King  
Read the Latest Issue of the Criminal Law Newsletter

Fake Cell Phone Tower Used by Police for Warrantless Tracking Did you know your cell phone can be tracked by the government, even when you’re not using it? Using a device called a Stingray, which acts like a fake cell phone tower, police can search large areas for a specific cell phone signal. It’s also able to gather data from other phones in the area. That violates the Fourth Amendment, say the Electronic Frontier Foundation and ACLU. Find Out More… …

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Posted 2 years ago in Gay and Lesbian issues by Aaron Kase  
LGBT Couples Can Apply for Retroactive Tax Refunds

With the looming possibility that the U.S. Supreme Court might strike down the Defense of Marriage Act sometime this term, married same-sex couples could suddenly find themselves eligible for a host of federal tax benefits. Even better, if couples file what is known as a protective tax refund claim with the IRS before the end of the year, they could potentially pick up some extra dollars going as far back as 2009. DOMA, the 1996 Clinton-era law banning federal recognition …

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Posted 2 years ago in Government by Josh Crank  
The Government Can Spy on You Without a Warrant

The Supreme Court is considering the right of citizens to sue over a law that lets government agents conduct dragnet telephone and email surveillance. The current case won’t determine the constitutionality of the sweeping powers of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, but a ruling against the government could set the stage for a constitutional challenge next year. FISA was passed in 1978 to give government agents the ability to eavesdrop on communications between foreign parties without a warrant. …

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Posted 2 years ago in Landmark Court Cases Litigation by Aaron Kase  
Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Genetically Modified Foods

A Supreme Court case over a lawsuit brought by agribusiness giant Monsanto against a farmer for the use of patented seeds could have deep intellectual property ramifications for the nation’s burgeoning biotechnology sector. At question is whether the patent Monsanto holds over their “Roundup Ready” soy seeds extends to the self-replicated progeny of those seeds. The high court will hear arguments in Bowman v. Monsanto sometime during the current term. Normally, purchasers of Monsanto’s famous soy seeds, which are genetically …

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