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California court say rape not rape if victim is not married

Los Angeles - In a move that has shocked and angered many, an appeals court in California has overturned a rape conviction saying it was not rape because the "victim was not married".

US man released from Nicaraguan prison

A US citizen has been released from a Nicaraguan prison after serving nearly two years on drug and money laundering charges. Jason Puracal, 35, was initially sentenced to 22 years, but his conviction was overturned by an appeals court.

Appeals court upholds rapper Max B's conviction

A New Jersey appeals court has upheld the murder conviction and 75 year prison sentence of Harlem rapper Max B, real name Charly Wingate, for his role in a deadly robbery at a Fort Lee Holiday Inn in 2006.

Federal appeals court rules against Defense of Marriage Act

Boston - The New York Times is reporting that a federal appeals court ruled Thursday that the Defense of Marriage Act, which was passed by Congress in 1996, is unconstitutional as it discriminates against same-sex married couples by denying them certain benefits.

Pennsylvania courts rule on students' freedom of speech on Web

The state of Pennsylvania's U.S. Circuit Court came to two different conclusions in two cases Thursday, but both involved suspending students for MySpace use.

Huge Majority of Iowans Say They're Not Affected by Gay Marriage

One of the most well worn arguments against marriage equality is that the legalization of gay marriage threatens the institution of traditional marriage.

Sentence of 'Millennium bomber' has been tossed by the Courts

The decision does not necessarily mean Ressam will get a shorter term.
 

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