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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
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]


Student Commentary
18 Dec 2015
by Kendra Julian of Valparaiso University School of Law
edited by Alix Ware

JURIST Guest Columnist Kendra Julian of Valparaiso University School of Law, Class of 2017, discusses the need for states to enact hate crime legislation...We don't like you. Get out. You don't belong. We're superior to you. These phrases all lead to a common message—a message of fear and intimidation. Unfortunately, … [read more]


Legal News
11 Dec 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The Arkansas Supreme Court [official website] on Friday temporarily blocked lower court ruling allowing both partners in same-sex couples to be listed as the "birth parents" on birth certificates of their children. The court and state health department will, however, allow [Arkansas News report] the three same-sex couples who … [read more]


Legal News
4 Dec 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Arkansas Supreme Court [official website] on Friday granted [order, PDF] an emergency stay of a lower court's order for immediate disclosure of planned lethal injection drugs and their chemical suppliers. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen [official profile] ordered [text, PDF] the state on Thursday to release this … [read more]


Legal News
1 Dec 2015
by Alexis Wheeler

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Maryland [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that the display of a prominent cross-shaped war memorial in a public park operated by Prince George County does not violate the Establishment Clause [text] of the First Amendment. The monument, known … [read more]


Legal News
13 Nov 2015
by Alexis Wheeler

A federal judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Arkansas [official website] ruled [opinion] against Thursday that a nativity scene on Baxter County Courthouse grounds violates the First Amendment. The lawsuit was filed by the American Humanist Association (AHA) [advocacy website] on behalf of a Mountain … [read more]


Academic Commentary
28 Oct 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 decisive impact of the most recent Supreme Court ACA decision on the Marketplaces and also on state decisions regarding Medicaid expansion. She argues that the Court's decision in King v. Burwell not only averted the … [read more]


Legal News
21 Oct 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The Arkansas Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday stayed [opinion, PDF] the execution of eight men until March, halting the state's attempt to resume executions in the state after a 10-year hiatus. In issuing its stay, the court overturned a ruling of a circuit judge who also stayed the … [read more]


Legal News
13 Oct 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Arkansas was ordered Monday to release information about the suppliers of its lethal injection drugs to attorneys of death row inmates challenging the state's execution secrecy law. Executions were temporarily halted [AP report] on Friday by Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Wendell Griffen [official profile] for eight inmates that … [read more]


Legal News
28 Aug 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] US District Judge Ralph Erickson of the US District Court of the District of North Dakota [official website] in Fargo on Thursday granted a preliminary injunction [order, PDF] against a rule granting the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Army Corps of Engineers [official websites] jurisdiction over small … [read more]


Legal News
28 Aug 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana [ACLU] [official website] on Thursday filed a complaint [text, PDF] challenging the constitutionality of a new Indiana statute that prohibits voters from sharing pictures of their ballots on social media. The ACLU of Indiana claimes that Indiana Code 3-11-8-17.5 [text] violates Indiana … [read more]


Legal News
14 Aug 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] A Colorado state appeals court [official website] ruled [text, PDF] on Thursday that a baker violated Colorado's public accommodations law when he refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. The baker, Jack Phillips, refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, claiming that creating … [read more]


Professional Commentary
5 Jul 2015
by Christopher M. Kieser of Pacific Legal Foundation
edited by Cassandra Baubie

JURIST Guest Columnists Brian Hodges and Christopher Kieser discuss the recent ruling by the Supreme Court in Horne v. Department of Agriculture...On June 22 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled [PDF] in favor of Fresno-area raisin farmers Marvin and Laura Horne, concluding that a program requiring raisin … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Indiana's controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) [text, JURIST commentary] law took effect on Wednesday, one of many such bills to take effect today around the country. The bill, as originally written, made it legal for private businesses to refuse service to potential customers because of their sexual orientation. … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The North Carolina House of Representatives [official website] on Thursday passed a law that would allow some court officials to refuse to perform same-sex marriages [JURIST backgrounder] based on their religious beliefs, overriding a veto [JURIST report] by Governor Pat McCroy [official website]. The law requires that officials who … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jun 2015
by William Helbling

An Arkansas judge on Tuesday ordered [opinion, PDF] that 500 same-sex marriages performed in the state last year be recognized as valid. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen ordered the recognition of the marriages performed during a six-day window last year after another Arkansas court struck down the state's same-sex … [read more]


Legal News
29 May 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory [official website] vetoed legislation [SB 2 summary] Thursday that would allow officials to avoid performing same-sex marriages. The bill, which would permit court officials and magistrates to avoid any marriage duties if they have a sincere religious objection, was passed on Thursday by both … [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]


Academic Commentary
27 May 2015
by Joyce Lee Malcolm of George Mason University School of Law
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Joyce Lee Malcolm of George Mason University School of Law discusses Vermont's evolving gun law... Much to the frustration of gun control advocates who rate Vermont as "F," the state with the highest per capita gun ownership in the country and virtually no gun restrictions, has a … [read more]

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