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9/11 Families Win Right to Sue Saudi Arabia

Appeals court cites 'extraordinary' circumstances

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia can be sued for its alleged support of al-Qaeda before the 9-11 attacks, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled, throwing out its own previous ruling that the kingdom was protected by sovereign immunity. The court said it would be in "the interests of justice" to... More »

NY Appeals Court: DOMA Is Unconstitutional

Second court to dump ban on gay marriage as issue heads toward Supreme Court

(Newser) - A federal appeals court in Manhattan has become the second in the US to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional. The 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals issued its ruling today. The decision upholds a lower court judge who ruled that the 1996 law that defines marriage... More »

'Svengali Sex Slave' Case Heads for Supreme Court

Web porn trafficker claims mutilation of woman was consensual

(Newser) - The Supreme Court yesterday agreed to hear a case involving a sex trafficker, nicknamed the "S&M Svengali," who whipped and mutilated a "sex slave" and then posted photos of it on his for-profit website. Glenn Marcus claims that the acts were consensual, but the woman... More »

Sure Sotomayor Is Tough—as She Should Be

Arguing a case before her isn't fun, but that's not a bad thing

(Newser) - Sonia Sotomayor may be a self-proclaimed “bear on the bench,” but the critics saying she's too harsh are way off base, writes constitutional lawyer Floyd Abrams in the Wall Street Journal. Abrams has argued multiple cases before Sotomayor. “Her questions are tough and fair, demanding and acute.... More »

Tossed Ruling No Rebuke to Sotomayor: Dems

Firefighter decision shows judicial 'modesty'

(Newser) - Democrats are struggling to paint the Supreme Court’s rejection today of an opinion by nominee Sonia Sotomayor as proof that she is, in fact, not an “activist judge,” Roll Call reports. The high court decided to reverse Sotomayor’s 2nd Circuit ruling against white New Haven firefighters... More »

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