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Legal News
6 hours ago
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday sent a letter [text] to Guinea Prime Minister Mamady Youla, urging him to ensure that any government oversight on telecommunications respects individual privacy. On January 6, 2016, the Autorité de Régulation des Postes et Télécommunications (APRT) [official website, in French], Guinea's telecommunications regulator, … [read more]


Legal News
20 hours ago
by Alonso Diaz

The US House of Representatives [official website] on Thursday passed a bill that would end a Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] initiative aimed at removing certain industries from the banking system. The Financial Institution Customer Protection Act of 2015 [materials] would end the DOJ's initiative called "Operation Choke Point" … [read more]


Legal News
21 hours ago
by Alonso Diaz

The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) [official website] on Thursday found that the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) [official website] violated [report, PDF] federal law through its handling of multi-year lease costs for its offices. CFTC was authorized by Congress to enter into multi-year leases, but it was obligated to … [read more]


Legal News
3 days ago
by Miracle Jones

The US House of Representatives failed [official summary] Tuesday to garner enough votes to override the president's veto of the Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015 [HR 3762, PDF], the most recent legislative effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) [official website] and defund Planned Parenthood [advocacy … [read more]


Student Commentary
3 days ago
by Veronica Reyes of St. John's University School of Law
edited by Cassandra Baubie

JURIST Guest Columnist Veronica Reyes of St. John's University School of Law, Class of 2016, is the tenth author in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Reyes discusses why warrantless searches of cell phones by the police may not be the best … [read more]


Legal News
4 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
30 Jan 2016
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama on Friday announced a new set of actions his administration is taking in an effort to close the gender pay gap. Speaking with reporters, Obama chastised American business for paying women, on average, only 79 percent of comparable male earners, and stated, "[w]omen are not … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jan 2016
by Alonso Diaz

The Supreme Court of Guatemala on Thursday rejected a request to strip a member of congress of his immunity from prosecution for allegedly overseeing grave human rights violations during the country's civil war. Edgar Justino Ovalle is a top adviser to President Jimmy Morales and a member of Congress, which … [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]


Academic Commentary
27 Jan 2016
by Glenn C. Smith of California Western School of Law
edited by Dave Rodkey

JURIST Guest Columnist Glenn C. Smith of the California Western School of Law discusses the latest challenge to President Obama's immigration policy...Speculation about whether the US Supreme Court would wade into controversial issues involving immigration policy and presidential power—in an election year, no less—is over. On Tuesday, January 19, the … [read more]


Academic Commentary
26 Jan 2016
by David G. Delaney of Maurer School of Law
edited by Alix Ware

JURIST Guest Columnist David G. Delaney, assistant Professor at Maurer School of Law discusses historic and current cyber legislation... No one should doubt that Congress's record on cyberspace issues is dismal. The Bush and Obama administrations both bemoaned Congress's expertise and engagement in this field. Much of its legislation follows … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jan 2016
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Thousands of people in Poland on Saturday protested the government's planned changes to a certain law that would increase its surveillance over Polish citizens. The proposed change to the law, initiated by the ruling Law and Justice Party, would expand [PressTV report] the government's rights to access digital data … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jan 2016
by Emelina Perez

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Thursday announced [press release] that Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (Big Brothers) [official website] will pay $1.6 million as a result of accusations of false claims for Federal grants awarded from 2009-2011. The DOJ contends that Big Brothers failed to … [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
21 Jan 2016
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Wednesday in two cases. In Nebraska v. Parker [transcript, PDF] the court heard arguments onwhether the town of Pender, Nebraska, is outside Indian property and thus not subject to a tribal tax on liquor sales. The case … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jan 2016
by Emelina Perez

Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court ruled Wednesday that neither boys nor girls can legally marry under the age of 18, even in unregistered, customary or religious unions. Previously, the Marriage Act allowed girls to be married at the age of 18 and boys to be married at the age of 16 and … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jan 2016
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in four new cases for this term. In US v. Texas [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] the Court has been asked to decide whether at least one respondent has standing to challenge Deferred Actions for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent … [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
13 Jan 2016
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Wednesday in the cases of Bank Markazi v. Peterson [transcript, PDF] and Puerto Rico v. Sanchez Valle. In Bank Markazi v. Peterson [SCOTUSblog backgrounder], plaintiff Deborah Peterson, representing hundreds of victims of Iran-sponsored terrorist attacks, brought suit … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2016
by Justin Cosgrove

UN human rights experts called [press release] Monday for a review of the UK's draft Investigatory Powers bill [text, PDF]. They fear that the present draft of the bill could threaten freedom of expression and association. The bill is intended to govern how UK authorities monitor suspects under surveillance. In … [read more]

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