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Academic Commentary
1 Jul 2015
by Lawrence Friedman of New England School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Lawrence Friedman of New England Law | Boston discusses how the 2015 Kansas bill is a no-win situation for the people of Kansas... Constitutional litigation is, in a sense, politics by other means. Advocates of individual rights look to judges to be their knights, guardians against legislative … [read more]

Academic Commentary
12 Jun 2015
by Victor Williams of Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Victor Williams of Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law discusses the significance of the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta... The Magna Carta sealed by King John on June 15, 1215 in Runnymede England is one of the world's most important legal documents. It has … [read more]

Academic Commentary
30 Apr 2015
by John D. Bessler of University of Baltimore School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist John D. Bessler, of the University of Baltimore School of Law, discusses new changes in the evolution of capital punishment... Increasingly, US death penalty states are no longer content to have just one method of execution on the books. Instead, with a persistent shortage of lethal injection … [read more]

Legal News
12 Mar 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The Alabama House of Representatives [official website] on Wednesday voted to keep execution drug suppliers' names secret and to bring back the use of the electric chair when chemicals for lethal injection are not available. The members of the House added the drug suppliers secrecy section to a bill … [read more]

Legal News
5 Mar 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Paul Black, a prisoner at HMP Wymott [official website], won a contentious judgment [text, PDF] in the UK High Court [official website] on Thursday banning smoking in prisons and all Crown premises. Under current regulations, prisoners are permitted to smoke in cells but forbidden to smoke in corridors and … [read more]

Student Commentary
18 Feb 2015
by Brittney Millay of New England Law | Boston

JURIST Guest Columnist Brittney Millay, New England Law | Boston, Class of 2016, discusses how recent developments in the southern US could affect same-sex couples...After a long and drawn out battle, a state judge in Miami-Dade County lifted a temporary ban on same-sex marriage, making it the first county in … [read more]

Legal News
10 Feb 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [judgment; press release] Tuesday that UK prisoners who had been prevented from voting are not entitled to receive compensation for their legal costs. The 1,015 petitioners are current or ex-prisoners whom the Representation of the People Act of 1983 … [read more]

Legal News
29 Jan 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [press release] Thursday that the UK government's extradition of terror suspect Haroon Aswat to the US in October was lawful. Aswat was arrested in the UK at the request of US authorities in 2005 on terrorism charges relating to … [read more]

Student Commentary
24 Jan 2015
by Chris Wester of New England School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Chris Wester, New England School of Law, Class of 2016, discusses how rights for same-sex couples in the US have evolved...Many of the rights that our society refers to today as basic, uninhibited and fundamental to the lives of all American citizens were not constitutionally guaranteed without … [read more]

Legal News
10 Jan 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] The US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Friday sentenced [BBC report] Egyptian-born Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to life in prison for supporting terrorism. Hamza was convicted and found guilty [JURIST report] of 11 criminal charges in … [read more]

Legal News
6 Dec 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] The High Court of Justice of England and Wales [official website] has declared [ruling, pdf] that the government's ban on sending books to prisoners in England is unlawful. Current rules prevent prisoners from receiving parcels unless there are exceptional circumstances such as a medical condition. Justice Collins called the … [read more]

Legal News
27 Nov 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] UK's commission on strengthening devolution, the Smith Commission [official website], concluded on Thursday that Scotland's parliament should have more independence in certain matters. The commission, which was set up [press release] by Prime Minister David Cameron [official website], recommended that Scotland's parliament should have the power to decide Scotland's … [read more]

Legal News
1 Oct 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The UK's Crown Prosecution Service [official website] on Wednesday dropped terrorism charges against Moazzam Begg [Guardian backgrounder], a former Guantanamo Bay detainee who was arrested on suspicion of terrorism offenses related to the war in Syria [JURIST backgrounders]. Begg was scheduled to stand trial next Monday for charges including … [read more]

Legal News
20 Sep 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Officials at the referendum in Glasgow are investigating ten counts of suspected electoral fraud at polling stations across the city. The suspect votes are thought to be cases of impersonation [BBC report], where people cast a vote pretending to be someone else and the real person shows up later … [read more]

Legal News
19 Sep 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Voters in Scotland on Thursday voted against independence from the UK [advocacy websites] in the country's first national referendum on the matter. The Scottish Parliament [official website] unanimously approved a bill last November to hold a Scottish independence referendum [JURIST report]. Eighty-four percent of eligible voters cast ballots in … [read more]

Professional Commentary
6 Sep 2014
by Graeme Reid of Human Rights Watch

JURIST Guest Columnist, Graeme Reid, of Human Rights Watch, discusses the weakening of LGBT rights in international law ...For lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people the law is a paradox. The law can operate as an instrument of repression and control, but also as a tool for resistance and … [read more]

Academic Commentary
31 Aug 2014
by Lauren Carasik of Western New England University School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Lauren Carasik of Western New England University School of Law discusses what appears to be the politically motivated charges against former president Jean Bertrand Aristide of Haiti ... The latest chapter in a long series of preliminary legal actions against Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide has generated a … [read more]

Legal News
13 Aug 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [judgment; press release, PDF] Tuesday that the UK's ban preventing prisoners from voting violates their human rights. The judgment came on a case brought by 10 British prisoners who claimed that the voting ban, which prohibits prisoners from voting … [read more]

Legal News
13 Jun 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The criminal division of the UK Court of Appeal [official website] on Thursday declared [order, PDF] that some coverage of the trial of two terrorism suspects from London will be held in open court, but core aspects of the trial will remain confidential. The case is Guardian News and … [read more]

Academic Commentary
11 Jun 2014
by Sandy Davidson of University of Missouri Schools of Journalism and Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Sandy Davidson of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and School of Law discusses removal of a person's past information from the Internet and the potential slippery slope this creates ... By recognizing in May "the right to be forgotten," the European Union's Court of Justice … [read more]

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