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Legal News
20 hours ago
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's [official website] office announced [press release] Tuesday that the New Jersey State Police will spend $1.5 million to acquire 1,000 body cameras for troopers, in addition to the implementation of new guidelines aimed at expanding disclosures about investigations of officers' use of force. This … [read more]


Legal News
3 days ago
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] US Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx [official profile] on Friday announced [press release] that the government has opened an investigation into five airlines that allegedly raised fares in Northeastern markets after the Amtrak accident [BBC report] in May. The US Department of Transportation [official website] sent letters to Delta, … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jul 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Ireland's Parliament, the Houses of Oireachtas [official website], passed the Gender Recognition Bill [text, PDF] on Wednesday, which allows transgender people over 18 legal recognition of their preferred gender and changes in their birth certificate. Ireland President Michael Higgins [official website] is expected to sign the bill into law … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jul 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [official website] on Tuesday brought a lawsuit [press release] asking a federal appeals court to review a National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] phone data surveillance program. The motion filed by the ACLU state stated that "today the government is continuing - after … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jul 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] California lawmakers on Tuesday ended their legislative efforts to allow terminally ill patients to legally end their lives in the state. The right-to-die bill [SB 128 materials] had been amended several times over the past half year. The law became hotly debated when Brittany Maynard [CNN backgrounder] moved from … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jun 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] voted 286-138 [roll call] to approve a trade law that provides assistance to workers who lose their jobs to international trade and renews President Barack Obama's authority to negotiate trade deals on behalf of the country. It also establishes programs to increase … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jun 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon [official website] on Monday announced [press release] the appointment of an independent panel to review the organization's handling of allegations that French and African soldiers sexually abused children in the Central African Republic from December 2013 to June 2014. The panel will be led … [read more]


Academic Commentary
15 Jun 2015
by Diana Ginn of Schulich School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Diana Ginn of Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, discusses the debate surrounding the freedom of religion held by private and public schools in Canada with regards to curriculum...In Loyola High School and John Zucci v. Attorney General of Quebec the Supreme Court of Canada addressed the … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jun 2015
by Devin Montgomery

The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] unanimously ruled [judgment] Thursday that a law restricting the medical use of marijuana to smoking the dried plant was unconstitutional. Under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act [text], smoking marijuana for medical purposes was permitted, but uses of the plant's extracts in other … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jun 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] on Friday upheld [judgment; press release, PDF] a French court's decision allowing Vincent Lambert the right to die, stating it did not violate article 2 of European Convention on Human Rights. Lambert was in a car accident seven years ago … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jun 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The California Senate [official website] on Thursday voted 23-14 to approve a controversial right to die bill [SB 128 materials]. The bill would protect doctors who aide individuals with terminal conditions in dying. The bill's impact is limited to patients who pass a mental competency test are have less … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jun 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) [official website] on Tuesday urged [report, PDF] the government to move from "apology to action" in its policies and programs directed toward restoring the aboriginal peoples' relationships with the rest of the country. The TRC interviewed more than 7,000 individuals to track a … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jun 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] A judge for the Quebec Superior Court has awarded over $15 billion [judgment, PDF] (USD $12 billion) in damages to Quebec smokers in a case against tobacco companies JTI-Macdonald, Imperial Tobacco, and Rothmans, Benson & Hedges, making this the largest award for damages and the biggest class action lawsuit … [read more]


Legal News
30 May 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Vladimir Katriuk, an elite Nazi storm trooper and the second most wanted man on the Simon Wiesenthal Center's list [materials] died Thursday at the age of 93. Katriuk passed away after battling a long illness, according to his lawyer. It is alleged that Katriuk, a Ukrainian national, was a … [read more]


Legal News
22 May 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] An 84-year old attorney, businessman and political candidate filed a lawsuit in a Tennessee court on Wednesday, challenging a law that makes it a felony for a doctor or another person helps someone commit suicide. John Jay Hooker, who once ran for Tennessee governor and worked for Robert F. … [read more]


Legal News
16 May 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Chechen immigrant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] was sentenced to death by lethal injection on Friday by a federal jury for his role in the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombings [CNN backgrounder] after 14 hours of deliberations. He will be formally sentenced at a hearing within weeks, … [read more]


Legal News
15 May 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The Polish government on Friday processed payments to two terror suspects currently held by the US at Guantanamo Bay. The European Court of Human Rights [official website] had imposed a Saturday deadline [AP report] on Poland to make the reparations. Last July Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri were … [read more]


Legal News
15 May 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] on Thursday rejected the Canadian government's bid to have former Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr [JURIST news archive] declared an adult offender. The case concerned whether the eight-year war crimes sentence Khadr received from a US military commission in 2010 should be interpreted … [read more]


Legal News
9 May 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [official website] on Thursday said [press release] that by releasing Omar Khadr on bail, Canada is taking a "significant step toward ending his ordeal." HRW is urging the Canadian government to rehabilitate Khadr and assist his integration into society. Khadr, 28, is a Canadian citizen … [read more]


Legal News
8 May 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A judge for the Alberta Court of Appeal [official website] on Thursday ruled that former Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr [JURIST news archive] can be released on bail while he appeals his US war crimes conviction. According to Justice Myra Bielby, the ruling was based on her belief that there … [read more]

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