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Law News Digest – Week of July 12, 2015

  Friday, July 17 LGB workers may now be protected from discrimination: The federal agency that handles employment discrimination cases, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, just ruled that current law protects lesbian, gay, and bisexual employees from discrimination across the country. Although sexual orientation is not explicitly protected at the federal level, discrimination based on gender/sex is protected, and the agency found that discriminating

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Law News Digest – Week of June 21, 2015

  Friday, June 26 Marriage equality now legal nationwide: In a historic decision, the Supreme Court ruled today that same-sex marriage is a right under the Constitution, and that no state may deny that right to its people. By combining two parts of the 14th amendment, both the “due process” clause and the “equal protection” clause, the Court says same-sex couples across

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RIGHT OF THE DAY: Free Legal Defense When Charged With Serious Crime

YOUR RIGHT OF THE DAY: If you are charged with a serious crime, and cannot afford an attorney, the government must provide you with a defense attorney free of charge. 1U.S. Constitution, 6th amendment; Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335 (1963); Argersinger v. Hamlin, 407 U.S. 25 (1972) More specifically, this means low-income people cannot be put in jail without being provided an attorney (usually a “public

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RIGHT OF THE DAY: No Military Investigation of Civilians

YOUR RIGHT OF THE DAY: The U.S. military is prohibited from investigating or enforcing state laws against civilians. 1Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 NCIS is not just a TV show. The Naval Criminal Investigative Service is responsible for investigating crimes against or by members of the Navy and Marine Corps.  While NCIS is allowed to investigate its members on or off base, it is strictly

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