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Legal News
5 days ago
by Justin Cosgrove

The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] on Tuesday rejected [opinion, PDF] a Georgia death row inmate's legal challenge. The federal appeals court rejected inmate Brandon Astor Jones' challenge to Georgia law that shields the identity of the producer of the drug used in the execution … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jan 2016
by Kasey Tuttle

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood [official website] stated Wednesday that he plans to ask lawmakers to approve the firing squad, electrocution or nitrogen gas as alternate methods of execution [press release] if the state prohibits lethal injections. States access to execution drugs has been hindered as a result of companies … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jan 2016
by Taylor Gillan

Florida State Attorney Jeff Ashton [profile] is requesting that state judges temporarily delay death penalty case trials after the US Supreme Court [official website] ruling [opinion, PDF] that Florida's capital sentencing scheme violates the Sixth Amendment. The request, he stated, is being made as a precaution [AP report] until lawmakers … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jan 2016
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Florida's Supreme Court [official website] on Friday denied a request [motion, pdf] from a death row inmate to delay his execution in light of the recent US Supreme Court [official website] ruling that Florida's capital sentencing scheme was unconstitutional [JURIST report] under the Sixth Amendment. Cary Michael Lambrix was … [read more]


Legal News
22 Dec 2015
by Justin Cosgrove

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court [official website] on Monday upheld [opinion, PDF] the authority of Governor Tom Wolf [official website] to postpone executions in the commonwealth. The unanimous decision came after Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams petitioned [JURIST report] the court to reject reprieves as an unconstitutional intrusion of state executive … [read more]


Legal News
13 Nov 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Thursday reversed [opinion, PDF] a lower court decision that had held that California's death penalty system was unconstitutional [JURIST report]. The appeals court held that the excessive delay between sentencing and execution did not violate the Eighth … [read more]


Legal News
8 Nov 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] California Governor Jerry Brown [official website], on Friday, introduced a proposal [regulation announcement, PDF] for a single-drug execution process. The new protocol would replace the existing three-drug execution protocol. The state would be allowed to determine one of four drugs to use on a case by case basis including: … [read more]


Legal News
5 Nov 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Mexico Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish] ruled on Wednesday that four members of the nonprofit Sociedad Mexicana de Autoconsumo Responsable y Tolerante (SMART) [Facebook page, in Spanish] will be allowed to grow and smoke marijuana. This decision marks a significant step [BBC report] in the potential path … [read more]


Legal News
4 Nov 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday night halted [order, PDF] the execution of Missouri death row inmate Ernest Johnson pending the decision of the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit [official website] on Johnson's appeal. Johnson's attorney argues[appeal, PDF] that his client will suffer undue … [read more]


Legal News
31 Oct 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Utah [official website] on Friday denied an appeal by 74-year-old death row inmate Ron Lafferty to place a hold on his federal case to challenge his execution by firing squad. Lafferty is one of the longest-serving prisoners on … [read more]


Legal News
25 Oct 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A spokesperson for the Florida Department of Corrections on Thursday said that a death row inmate has requested death by electrocution for the first time in nearly twenty years. The inmate, Wayne Doty, was sentenced [Tampa Bay Times report] to death in 2011 after killing a fellow inmate. While … [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
18 Sep 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Nebraskans for Public Safety [advocacy website] initiated a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] Thursday challenging the legality of a voter referendum that has been planned to potentially overturn the legislative repeal of the death penalty in the state. In May the Nebraska Legislature passed LB 268 [materials], which repealed the death … [read more]


Legal News
17 Sep 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals [official website] granted a stay of execution [order, PDF] Wednesday for Richard Eugene Glossip, hours before he was scheduled for lethal injection. Glossip has always maintained his innocence and requested the emergency stay as well as a motion for an evidentiary hearing due … [read more]


Legal News
26 Aug 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] against New Jersey Tuesday, deciding 2-1 to uphold the federal ban on sports betting in all but four states. New Jersey has been trying to legalize sports betting at its casinos and racetracks since 2009, … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jul 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals [official website] on Wednesday set the execution [Oklahoma execution policy, PDF] dates of three inmates who had previously challenged the use of the drug that will be used in their lethal injections. This is the highest criminal court in Oklahoma. Although the inmates … [read more]


Academic Commentary
2 Jul 2015
by Wesley Oliver of Duquesne University School of Law
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Wesley Oliver of Duquesne University School of Law discusses the Amnesty International Report condemning US for police use of force... Amnesty International last week harshly criticized the US for not providing standards strictly limiting the use of lethal force by police to those occasions when no other … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jun 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Delaware Governor Jack Markell [official website] on Thursday signed into law House Bill 39 [materials], a measure that decriminalizes the possession and use of small amounts of marijuana. The bill, which was given final legislative approval [Delaware Online report] by the state's senate Thursday and signed by the governor … [read more]


Legal News
4 Jun 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The government of California on Wednesday agreed to a settlement [text] that may lead to the state reinstating the use of its death chamber. Under the terms of the settlement the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) [official website] will provide new regulatory standards for lethal injections after … [read more]


Student Commentary
3 Jun 2015
by João Gonçalves of University of Lisbon
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist João Gonçalves of the Universidade de Lisboa, Faculty of Law discusses the advantages of VAT for an economic system... Europe may seem the worst class of students for the US to find for fiscal lessons, but as the necessity for a new revenue strengthens and a call … [read more]

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