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Legal News
2 days ago
by Alonso Diaz

The Supreme Court of Venezuela on Thursday upheld President Nicolás Maduro's "economic emergency decree" as legal and valid despite Congress's rejection. The decree allows [Reuters report] the president to control the budget, companies and the currency. The opposition-led Congress maintained that the legislation failed to offer solutions to the country's … [read more]


Legal News
4 days ago
by Alexis Wheeler

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Minnesota filed suit [complaint, PDF] in state court Tuesday against the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) seeking the release of footage [press release] from the police shooting of 24-year old Jamar Clark. Clark, an … [read more]


Legal News
1 Feb 2016
by Gwenyth Gamble

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] began its review the San Francisco police department [official website] on Monday. The review was initiated [AP report] in the aftermath of the filmed shooting of Mario Woods, an African American male, by San Francisco policemen in December. After the video was … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jan 2016
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] A group of UN experts on people of African descent stated [press release] Friday that "ideology ensuring the domination of one group over another continues to negatively impact the civil, political, economic, social, cultural and environmental rights of African Americans today." Following a tour of several US cities, including … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jan 2016
by Kasey Tuttle

An Indiana legislative committee approved a bill [SB 344] Wednesday that would repeal the controversial religious freedom law [SB 101] passed last year [JURIST report] that allowed businesses to deny service based on sexual orientation. The Senate Rules committee voted 7-5 to approve the bill, which will grant civil rights … [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
30 Dec 2015
by Jeremy Schmidt of Valparaiso University School of Law
edited by Alix Ware

JURIST Guest Columnist Jeremy Schmidt of Valparaiso University School of Law, Class of 2017, discusses gun rights in the United States...President Obama, without respect to those mourning lost loved ones, has gotten into a habit of always attacking law-abiding citizens' rights to bear arms whenever there is a highly publicized … [read more]


Student Commentary
28 Dec 2015
by Azariah Jelks of Valparaiso University School of Law
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Azariah Jelks of Valparaiso University Law School of Class 2016 discusses the importance of coming together as a community in order to solve the problem of affordable housing in the US... With the price of housing steadily rising, income levels largely remaining stagnant and an increase in … [read more]


Legal News
27 Dec 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] announced last week that it is suspending its asset seizure program which allows for local police departments to keep items confiscated from individuals under federal law. The controversial equitable sharing program allows for police departments to execute asset forfeiture cases under … [read more]


Student Commentary
21 Dec 2015
by Ashley Merritt of Valparaiso University School of Law
edited by Dave Rodkey

JURIST Guest Columnist Ashley Merritt of the Valparaiso University School of Law discusses the effectiveness of mandatory minimum sentencing laws on deterring gun violence... In response to a disturbing rise in homicides and violent gun crime, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard has suggested a solution: harsher mandatory minimum sentences for charges … [read more]


Legal News
7 Dec 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Monday announced [press release] that it will be opening a full investigation into the Chicago Police Department (CPD) [official website] following the 2014 police shooting death of a black teenager. US Attorney General Loretta Lynch [official profile] said at the … [read more]


Legal News
26 Nov 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder on Tuesday for the death of black teenager Laquan McDonald in October 2014. A graphic dashboard camera video of the shooting was also released [AFP report] Tuesday and sparked public outcry. City officials have been sharply criticized for … [read more]


Legal News
3 Nov 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The US Department of Education ruled on Monday that the Palatine Township School District 211 [official websites] in Illinois violated federal law when it refused to provide gender-appropriate locker rooms for a transgender student. In December 2013 the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] filed a federal complaint … [read more]


Legal News
20 Oct 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Three former detainees filed a lawsuit [complaint] Monday against the City of Chicago [official website] and a number of Chicago police officers for alleged abuse at an "off the books" detention center. The lawsuit alleges abuses at the Homan Center including: being denied food, water and access to a … [read more]


Legal News
8 Oct 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] California Jerry Brown [official website] signed [press release] the Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015 [text] on Wednesday, which lays out plans to reduce air pollution and increase energy efficiency. To double the amount of energy efficiency in the state, the bill creates efficiency targets for electrical … [read more]


Legal News
30 Sep 2015
by Matt Belenky

A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday that the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) [website] violates antitrust laws by limiting what compensation student athletes can receive. The appeals court, however, rejected a proposal to pay students up to … [read more]


Legal News
27 Sep 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The New Jersey Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday ruled [opinion, PDF] to broaden police authority to search vehicles without a warrant based on probable cause. The ruling, which was decided 5-2, was praised by the state attorney general and others as good for effective law enforcement, but others … [read more]


Legal News
21 Aug 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner [official website] signed the Youth Mental Health Protection Act [materials] into law on Thursday prohibiting [AP report] licensed therapists from attempting to change the sexual orientation of anyone under 18 years of age. State Senator Daniel Biss [official website], one of the sponsors of the … [read more]


Legal News
20 Aug 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official site] on Wednesday refused to rehear Governor Rod Blagojevich's corruption case. In 2013 Blagojevich was found guilty on 18 charges of corruption in his second trial and ultimately sentenced to a 14-year prison term [JURIST reports]. In 2013, Blagojevich … [read more]


Legal News
18 Aug 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) [official website] on Monday declined to assert jurisdiction [opinion, PDF] over whether Northwestern University [official website] football players can form a union, overturning its 2014 decision [opinion, PDF] which recognized the players as university employees. In its unanimous decision [press release], which concerned … [read more]

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