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Legal News
5 days ago
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] refused [order, PDF] Monday to delay the implementation of a new redistricting plan in Virginia for the upcoming election to the US House of Representatives. The case, Wittman v. Personhuballah [JURIST report], involves the 3rd congressional district, which is the only congressional district … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jan 2016
by Justin Cosgrove

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana (ACLU) [advocacy website] and the Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services Commission (IPAS) [advocacy website] reached a settlement agreement [document, PDF] on Wednesday with the Department of Corrections [official website] over the treatment of mentally ill prisoners. The ACLU of Indiana and IPAS filed … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jan 2016
by Taylor Isaac

The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday denied certiorari [order list, PDF] in a case regarding a North Dakota law that would ban abortion as soon as a heartbeat is detectable, as early as six weeks. The Abortion Control Act [text, PDF] was struck down by the district court … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jan 2016
by Alonso Diaz

[JURIST] The Kansas Court of Appeals on Friday turned down [text, PDF] a state law that would prohibit doctors from using the most common second-trimester abortion method. The Kansas Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act [text, PDF] was enacted in the spring of 2014 and it prohibited doctors from … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jan 2016
by Taylor Isaac

The US Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday rejected an Arkansas appeal to revive an old abortion law that banned abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy. After the injunction was issued, Arkansas appealed and the Eight Circuit Court of Appeals [official website] affirmed [text, PDF] in May 2015. The law … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2016
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 8-1 Monday in Hurst v. Florida [docket] that Florida's capital sentencing scheme violates the Sixth Amendment. The Florida law [text] states that in a sentencing hearing, the jury hears the evidence and votes on an "advisory sentence," but in a … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jan 2016
by Emelina Perez

Arizona State Senator John Kavanagh introduced Senate Bill 1054 [text, PDF] on Thursday, which if passed would make it illegal to make a video recording of law enforcement activity within 20 feet without the officer's permission. The bill would also authorize police officers to order occupants of private property to … [read more]


Student Commentary
6 Jan 2016
by Ryan Matthews of St. John's University School of Law
edited by Adam Shirer

JURIST Guest Columnist Ryan Matthews of St. John's University School of Law Class of 2016, is the eighth author in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Matthews discusses discriminatory No Promo Homo laws... The US Supreme Court recently decided in favor … [read more]


Legal News
28 Dec 2015
by Justin Cosgrove

District Judge Edward Chen [official profile] for the Northern District of California [official website] last Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] that California's policy for reimbursing out-of-state hospitals that care for California Medicaid (Medi-Cal) patients is unconstitutional. Hospitals in Oregon, Nevada, and Arizona sued the California Department of Health Care Services [official … [read more]


Student Commentary
17 Dec 2015
by Duke M. Truong of Valparaiso University School of Law
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnist Duke M. Truong of the Valparaiso University School of Law, Class of 2017, discusses the issues the US is facing in accepting Syrian refugees in fear of terrorist attack... Eighty-one percent of Americans see a major terrorist attack as likely following the Paris massacres on November 13, … [read more]


Legal News
10 Dec 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

US President Barack Obama on Thursday signed [press release] the Every Student Succeeds Act [text, PDF] into law. The new measures hand much of the power over education success monitoring back to the states and allow them to make the decisions on how to do so. The Every Student Succeeds … [read more]


Legal News
8 Dec 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Tuesday in two cases. In Harris v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission [transcript, PDF] the court heard arguments [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] on whether the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission (AIRC) [official website] violated the constitutional principle of "one person, one … [read more]


Legal News
3 Dec 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Members of the US House of Representatives [official website] approved [roll call] a bill to give much responsibility of improving public schools back to the states. The Student Success Act [text, PDF] would revise the controversial 2001 No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) [materials] and remove the accountability measures … [read more]


Legal News
20 Nov 2015
by Kasey Tuttle

Lawyers for the Obama administration on Friday asked [cert. petition, PDF] the US Supreme Court [official website] to uphold the president's changes to US immigration policy. Earlier this month the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] upheld [opinion, PDF] a federal judge's injunction against the president's … [read more]


Legal News
17 Nov 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that the method used by the Boston Police Department [official website] to promote sergeants to the rank of lieutenant had a disparate impact on minorities. The action was brought against the … [read more]


Legal News
17 Nov 2015
by Taylor Gillan

New Jersey lawmakers on Monday advanced a bill [press release] that would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain New Jersey driver's licenses. The bill, considered by the Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee [official website], would allow such immigrants to get a license if they are able to satisfy [North … [read more]


Academic Commentary
17 Nov 2015
by James G. Hodge of Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnists James G. Hodge Jr. of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University and Doug Campos-Outcalt of the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix discuss the potential to legally limit anti-vaccination messages widely disseminated by political candidates...Heard enough about the potential for childhood vaccines … [read more]


Legal News
14 Nov 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] said Friday that it will hold a hearing regarding a constitutional test for a new congressional districting map for Virginia. The case, Wittman v. Personhuballah [docket; jurisdictional statement, PDF], involves the 3rd congressional district, which is the only congressional district in the state … [read more]


Legal News
10 Nov 2015
by Taylor Gillan

The US Department of Justice [official website] announced Tuesday that it disagrees with a federal ruling upholding [opinion, PDF] an injunction against President Barack Obama's plan to protect as many as 5 million immigrants from deportation and plans to appeal to the US Supreme Court [official websites]. The Monday 2-1 … [read more]


Academic Commentary
1 Nov 2015
by Sallie Thieme Sanford of University of Washington
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Sallie Thieme Sanford of University of Washington School of Law discusses the birth and growth of Medicare and Medicaid. She argues that in this, their 50th year, health care's fraternal twins are coming more to resemble each other, with Medicaid adopting some of the characteristics of its … [read more]

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