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Legal News
20 Jul 2015
by Devin Montgomery

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker [official website] on Monday signed into law the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act [materials], limiting the ability of a woman to seek an abortion more than 20 weeks into her pregnancy. Proponents of the bill say it is designed to prohibit women from seeking an abortion … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jul 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The South Carolina Senate [official website] on Tuesday approved Senate Bill 897 [text; materials], which would remove the Confederate flag [UVA backgrounder] from the State House and the Capitol Complex, by a vote of 37 to 3 [vote reading, PDF]. It was then introduced in the South Carolina House … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A federal judge issued a court order [order, PDF] on Thursday that all Louisiana officials must grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples [JURIST news archive]. The order, issued by Judge Martin Feldman [official profile] of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana [official website], specifically requires … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Alabama [official website] on Wednesday issued an order [ruling, PDF] that all Alabama counties must abide by a Supreme Court ruling allowing same-sex marriage. The order says that state probate judges may not discriminate against same-sex couples … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jun 2015
by Brittany Felder

The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday granted a motion to stay [order, PDF], allowing over half of Texas' 18 abortion clinics to stay open by temporarily blocking a law [HB 2] that would place stringent requirements on clinics requiring the majority of them to close. The US Court … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jun 2015
by Devin Montgomery

Michigan governor Rick Snyder [official website] on Thursday signed into law a bill [materials] that allows private adoption agencies to deny placements they object to for religious reasons, including placements with same-sex couples. Snyder said the law reflects existing practices [press release] by the state and that his objective is … [read more]


Academic Commentary
12 Jun 2015
by Victor Williams of Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Victor Williams of Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law discusses the significance of the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta... The Magna Carta sealed by King John on June 15, 1215 in Runnymede England is one of the world's most important legal documents. It has … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jun 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Wisconsin State Senate [official website] on Tuesday passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act [materials], limiting the ability of a woman to seek an abortion more than 20 weeks into her pregnancy. Proponents of the bill say it is designed to prohibit women from seeking an abortion that … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jun 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] on Tuesday upheld [opinion, PDF] some of the strictest parts of a Texas abortion law, which could cause the majority of the state's abortion clinics to close, leaving only seven open. The decision allows the state to require … [read more]


Legal News
4 Jun 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The North Carolina legislature [official website] gave final approval [roll call] on Wednesday to the Women and Children's Protection Act of 2015 [bill, PDF], which mandates a 72-hour waiting period for abortions after a woman has been informed by a physician of her options and the risks of the … [read more]


Legal News
31 May 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Friday struck down [opinion, PDF] portions of two Idaho abortion laws. The Pain- Capable Unborn Child Protection Act [text] prohibited abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The court struck it down as "unconstitutional because it categorically bans … [read more]


Legal News
28 May 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit [official website] on Wednesday struck down [opinion, PDF] abortion restrictions in Arkansas, ruling that the 12-week limit on seeking an abortion places an unconstitutional burden on women within the state. The restrictions included tests to determine if there was a … [read more]


Legal News
20 May 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam [official website] on Monday signed into a law a bill requiring a 48-hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion. Those physicians who neglect to follow new rules on what to tell their patients during the counseling are at risk of having their medical licenses … [read more]


Legal News
18 May 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 Monday in Comptroller v. Wynne [SCOTUSblog materials] that Maryland's personal income tax scheme violates the dormant Commerce Clause [Cornell LII backgrounder]. The question before the court was whether the US Constitution prohibits a state from taxing all the income of … [read more]


Academic Commentary
14 May 2015
by Roy S. Gutterman of S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

JURIST guest columnist Roy S. Gutterman of the Syracuse University College of Law discusses recent changes to Malaysian sedition law...Sedition, laws criminalizing criticism of a monarchy or government, is not as anachronistic as knights in shining armor or a moat around the castle. In fact, in many countries around the … [read more]


Legal News
7 May 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin [official website] signed [press release] House Bill 1409 [legislative materials] into law Wednesday extending the mandatory waiting period for women seeking an abortion from 24 to 72 hours. Fallin said the new law, "will allow for more time to consider medical risks as well as … [read more]


Academic Commentary
30 Apr 2015
by John D. Bessler of University of Baltimore School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist John D. Bessler, of the University of Baltimore School of Law, discusses new changes in the evolution of capital punishment... Increasingly, US death penalty states are no longer content to have just one method of execution on the books. Instead, with a persistent shortage of lethal injection … [read more]


Legal News
22 Apr 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Tennessee lawmakers on Tuesday approved two measures that, if signed into law, will require state abortion clinics to be licensed as surgical centers and require women to wait 48 hours after receiving counseling before being able to get an abortion. The measures have been sent to Republican Governor Bill … [read more]


Legal News
20 Apr 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday threw out [order list, PDF] a North Carolina court ruling that upheld Republican-drawn electoral districts for state and congressional lawmakers. The case, Dickson v. Rucho [SCOTUSblog materials], was remanded to the Supreme Court of North Carolina [official website] for further consideration … [read more]


Legal News
16 Apr 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Alabama and 12 other states filed an amicus brief [text, PDF; press release] with the US Supreme Court [official website] on Wednesday in support of the three-drug combination being used in Oklahoma for executions. Lethal injection executions in many states have been put on hold until the Supreme Court … [read more]

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