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Today The Supreme Court of the United States Blog published an article titled “Merit Cases remaining for October Term 2012.”
The article reads:
Following Monday’s decisions, there are fourteen merits cases from October Term 2012 that have not yet been decided. Although we do not know which decisions the Court will issue on which days, we expect the Court to issue all of these remaining decisions between tomorrow, Thursday, June 20, 2013, and the end of June, when the Court traditionally breaks for its summer recess.
One of the cases awaiting decision is Agency for International Development v. Alliance for Open Society International, Inc.
According to The Supreme Court of The United States Blog, the issue is:
Whether the United States Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act of 2003, 22 U.S.C. § 7631(f), which requires an organization to have a policy explicitly opposing prostitution and sex trafficking in order to receive federal funding to provide HIV and AIDS programs overseas, violates the First Amendment.
Stephen Wermiel writes on the case:
The requirement that groups have an anti-prostitution policy was challenged by a number of NGOs and coalitions of international aid groups that work on HIV and AIDS prevention, education, and support in many countries throughout the world. These organizations receive federal funds from the Leadership Act to support their global efforts against HIV and AIDS. But they argue that it is critical that they not take a position against prostitution because doing so undermines their ability to work effectively in some countries. In order to reach prostitutes to be able to work with them on HIV and AIDS education and prevention, the groups say, it is important not to have policies condemning them. Organizations that are actively anti-prostitution, they say, are less effective in being able to work with their crucial target audiences in many countries.
Today The Raw Story published an article from Reuters titled “Japan finds highly toxic strontium-90 in Fukushima groundwater.”
The article reads:
High levels of a toxic substance called strontium-90 have been found in groundwater at the devastated Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan, the utility that runs the facility said on Wednesday.
Strontium-90 is a by-product of the fission of uranium and plutonium in nuclear reactors as well as nuclear weapons, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says on its website.
The discovery of rising levels of such radioactive material is likely to complicate efforts by the utility, Tokyo Electric Power Co, to get approval to release into the Pacific Ocean what it calls water contaminated with low levels of radiation.
IN OTHER NEWS
Yesterday The Huffington Post published an article titled “Texas Sheriff’s Jail Ran ‘Rape Camp,’ Where Female Inmates Were Repeatedly Violated, Lawsuit Alleges.”
The article’s author Hunter Stuart writes:
A recently filed lawsuit alleges that a Texas sheriff’s office ran a “rape camp” at a county jail, where numerous male guards repeatedly raped and humiliated female inmates over an extended period of time.
Two women who were inmates at the jail, which is attached to the county’s quaint courthouse building, are now suing Live Oak County and guards Vincent Aguilar, Jaime Smith and Israel Charles Jr.
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