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Legal News
26 Jan 2016
by Taylor Isaac

US President Barack Obama [official profile] on Monday announced a ban on the federal prison system's use of solitary confinement for juveniles. Obama stated in an op-ed [WP op-ed] Monday evening that after a review of US prisons by the Department of Justice [official website], he is adopting new rules … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jan 2016
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] Two of three Guantanamo Bay detainees scheduled for release boarded a plane for transfer on Wednesday while the third detainee turned down the opportunity. Though the two released detainees were natives of Egypt and Yemen, they were resettled in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro [DOD press releases]. The third … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jan 2016
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Foreign Ministry [official website] of Oman on Thursday reported [statement, in Arabic] that 10 Yemeni detainees from Guantanamo Bay arrived temporarily to Oman. The US Department of Defense later confirmed the move [press release]. On Monday human rights experts from the UN and the Organization for Security and … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2016
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Human rights experts from the UN and the Organization for Security and Co-operation (OSCE) [official website] joined in sending an open letter [text, PDF] Monday urging the US government to shut down the detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay on its fourteenth anniversary. The letter mentioned the recent steps by … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jan 2016
by Taylor Isaac

White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough [official profile] told [Fox News report] Fox News Sunday that President Barack Obama [official profile] intends to fulfill his promise to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility before leaving office. The statement was made in an interview previewing the president's final State of … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jan 2016
by Alonso Diaz

The last Kuwaiti held at Guantanamo, Faiz Mohammed Ahmed al-Kandari, has been repatriated to his home country, the US Department of Defense (DOD) announced [press release] Friday. The Periodic Review Board (PRB) [official website] determined in September that "continued law of war detention of Al-Kandari does not remain necessary to … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jan 2016
by Kasey Tuttle

Two Yemeni men captured in Afghanistan and detained at Guantanamo Bay for 14 years have been released to Ghana, officials said [press release] Wednesday. These two are among the 17 detainees scheduled for release this month [JURIST report]. The men were suspected of training with al Qaeda and fighting with … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jan 2016
by Kasey Tuttle

The first of 17 detainees are scheduled to be released from the Guantanamo Bay prison next week, said a senior US official [CNN report] on Monday. There will be 90 detainees remaining, 59 of whom are ineligible to be transferred to another country. The official said three of the 59 … [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
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
16 Dec 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

New York officials on Wednesday announced a settlement agreement [text] under which the state will overhaul its solitary confinement practices and procedures. The $62 million settlement comes in a lawsuit filed in 2012 by the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) [advocacy website]. Under the terms of the agreement, New … [read more]


Professional Commentary
11 Dec 2015
by Naree Chan of Legal Templates LLC
edited by Alix Ware

JURIST Guest Columnist Naree Chan of Legal Templates LLC discusses how technology can help with disparities in justice...The rich are getting richer. The poor are getting poorer. This has major implications for how justice is defined. The rich can afford big law firm prices, while the poor can qualify for … [read more]


Features
5 Dec 2015
by Kristen Kakascik

States are having a difficult time passing proposed legislation requiring manufacturers to label products containing GMOs. There is an outcry from the food producing industry to stop the implementation of laws that require GMOs to be labeled. Manufacturers throughout the country are outwardly against legislation requiring GMOs to be … [read more]


Legal News
19 Nov 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official profile] stated Thursday that he intends to continue his efforts to close Guantanamo Bay prison, despite likely push back from Congress after the Paris attacks [JURIST report]. Obama made remarks [Reuters report] to reporters during the Asia-Pacific Summit in Manila, expressing concern for delays … [read more]


Legal News
11 Nov 2015
by Alonso Diaz

The US Senate on Tuesday approved the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 (NDAA )[text, PDF], which is expected to be signed by President Barack Obama despite further delaying the closure of the Guantanamo Bay military prison. Section 1031 of the NDAA prohibits the use of funds for … [read more]


Student Commentary
4 Nov 2015
by Evan Jaffe of St. John's University School of Law
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnist Evan Jaffe of St. John's University School of Law Class of 2016, is the fourth author in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Jaffe discusses whether economic and social class can replace race in the university admission process … [read more]


Features
2 Nov 2015
by Christopher Dellana

The response to ride-sharing has varied across states. The responses range from proposed nomenclature changes publicized on social media by the Associated Press Stylebook, to stronger oversight aimed at compelling compliance with state laws regarding inspections and other market regulations. A principal legal obstacle in the ride-sharing debate is how … [read more]


Legal News
29 Oct 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Guantanamo Bay prisoner Ahmed Ould Abdel Aziz was released from detention and sent back to his home country of Mauritania, the Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] announced [press release] on Thursday. The Guantanamo Review Task Force, created in response to a 2009 presidential executive order [Executive Order 13492, … [read more]


Legal News
8 Oct 2015
by Ashley Hogan

The Michigan House of Representatives [official website] approved medical marijuana legislation [HB 4209; HB 4827] Wednesday to clarify the legal regulation of the medical marijuana industry. The "medical marihuana facilities licensing act" provides the licensing requirements for businesses to grow, sell and pay taxes on medical marijuana. The "marihuana tracking … [read more]


Legal News
3 Oct 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Officials from the US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] said Friday that they are sending teams to review three Colorado prisons as part of President Barack Obama's ongoing efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay prison. Officials plan to visit ADX Florence, a federal Supermax prison, along with a … [read more]

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