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Judicial Council seat filled by Anchorage lawyer

James E. Torgerson's six-year appointment is subject to Legislative confirmation

Federal Judge Voids Texas Gay Marriage Ban

Federal Judge Voids Texas Gay Marriage BanSaying that a Texas law barring same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and demeans the dignity of homosexuals, a federal judge struck down the law Wednesday.

Holder Orders Equal Treatment For Married Same-Sex Couples

Holder Orders Equal Treatment For Married Same-Sex CouplesAttorney General Eric Holder has for the first time directed Justice Department employees to give same-sex married couples "full and equal recognition, to the greatest extent under the law," a move with far-ranging consequences for how such couples are treated in federal courtrooms and proceedings.

Tech Companies Release Details On Surveillance Data

Tech Companies Release Details On Surveillance DataFacebook, Microsoft, Google and LinkedIn released updated details on the number of times the U.S. government asked the companies to turn over information about its users.

Same-Sex Marriages No Longer Recognized, Utah Tells Agencies

Same-Sex Marriages No Longer Recognized, Utah Tells AgenciesUtah is instructing state officials to put services and paperwork for same-sex couples on hold, reflecting a recent U.S. Supreme Court order that halted gay marriages in the state.

Supreme Court Halts Gay Marriages In Utah

Supreme Court Halts Gay Marriages In UtahThe United States Supreme Court has put same-sex marriages on hold in the state of Utah.

New NSA Documents Make Case For Keeping Surveillance Programs Secret

New NSA Documents Make Case For Keeping Surveillance Programs SecretThe Director of National Intelligence declassified a set of 10 court documents on Saturday, in which both the Bush and Obama administrations argue that sensitive NSA programs should be kept secret.

Utah Seeks Emergency Stay Of Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Utah Seeks Emergency Stay Of Same-Sex Marriage RulingOfficials in Utah are asking for an emergency stay of a federal court ruling that found the state's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.

Sotomayor’s Dissent Highlights Concerns Over Elected Judges

Sotomayor’s Dissent Highlights Concerns Over Elected JudgesJustice Sonia Sotomayor's dissent in a case this week involving the death penalty in Alabama was not aimed at public opinion, but it could be Exhibit A for why the nation's judiciary is falling in the public's estimation.

Hawaii’s Senate Gives Final Approval To Same-Sex Marriage

Hawaii’s Senate Gives Final Approval To Same-Sex MarriageHawaii's Senate has given the OK to a bill allowing same-sex marriage, which now goes to the governor, who is expected to sign.