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Legal News
27 Jan 2016
by Justin Cosgrove

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] ruled [order, PDF] Tuesday that the president's National Security Council (NSC) [official website] is not subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [official website]. The appeals court denied an appeal from Main Street, a group at the City … [read more]


Student Commentary
13 Jan 2016
by Alexander Burns of Valparaiso University School of Law
edited by Robert Cimmino

JURIST Guest Columnist Alexander Burns of Valparaiso University discusses growing pains associated with law enforcement body cameras use, implementation, and pending Indiana legislation...In this article I will address several legal and practical issues presented by law enforcement body cameras including: privacy concerns for victims, juveniles and witnesses, especially when an … [read more]


Legal News
24 Nov 2015
by Taylor Gillan

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Monday released its ruling [opinion] that the US government may keep secret memoranda related to the legal justification for the use of drones for targeted killings of those in other countries believed to be involved in terrorism. Though … [read more]


Legal News
16 Nov 2015
by Justin Cosgrove

The US Supreme Court [official website] denied review [order list, PDF] in New Hampshire Right to Life v. Department of Health & Human Services [docket; cert. petition, PDF] on Monday. The anti-abortion group petitioned the court to clarify Exemption 4 of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [official website] in … [read more]


Legal News
28 Oct 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The USSenate [official website] on Tuesday passed legislation [text] aimed at improving cyber-security defenses in the US. The Cybersecurity Sharing Information Act of 2015 encourages private entities "to monitor, and operate defensive measures," which will allow them "to detect, prevent, or mitigate cybersecurity threats or security vulnerabilities on: (1) … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jun 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] New records released [press release] by the Center for Public Integrity (CPI) [official website] Wednesday revealed a confidential legal battle over Medicare over-billing that spanned three years between government officials and UnitedHealth Group [official website]. The dispute centered on a 2012 audit obtained through the Freedom of Information Act … [read more]


Academic Commentary
9 Jun 2015
by Sarah Lamdan of CUNY School of Law
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Sarah Lamdan of the CUNY School of Law discusses the urgent need for federal agencies to reform their records management and data preservation and search functions so that they are not crippled by FOIA requests for email account data and other types of Internet generated electronic records … [read more]


Professional Commentary
11 May 2015
by Raymond J. Toney of Law Offices of Raymond J. Toney
edited by Cassandra Baubie

JURIST Guest Columnist Raymond J. Toney discusses the proposed changes to the boards of correction of military records...Senators Boxer, Wyden and Markey have introduced much-needed legislation, the “Legal Justice For Servicemembers Act,” [PDF] to overhaul protections for military whistleblowers, including victims of sexual harassment and assault, who frequently suffer reprisals … [read more]


Academic Commentary
13 Apr 2015
by Tung Yin of Lewis and Clark Law School
edited by Cassandra Baubie

JURIST Guest Columnist Tung Yin, of Lewis and Clark Law School, discusses the effectiveness of TSA screening policies and how those policies affect our privacy rights...In the fall of 2001, I went on the market to become a law professor, and I was fortunate enough to do a fair amount … [read more]


Legal News
2 Apr 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official profile] on Wednesday signed an executive order [text] to increase penalties against foreign cybersecurity threats. The executive order establishes sanctions against individuals or entities outside the US that engage in "significant malicious cyber-enabled activity." The new sanctions program authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury, … [read more]


Legal News
21 Mar 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled Friday that the Department of Defense (DOD) [official websites] must release photographs [order, PDF] requested by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] in its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [official website] request … [read more]


Legal News
19 Mar 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the New York Civil Liberties Union [advocacy websites] filed [complaint, PDF] a lawsuit in federal court on Thursday in an effort to obtain documents from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) [official website] regarding their behavior detection program used in airports across the … [read more]


Legal News
3 Mar 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in two cases. In Ocasio v US [docket], two brothers owned an auto repair shop near Baltimore. Over many years, the brothers entered into a kickback scheme with Baltimore police officers to encourage the victims of … [read more]


Features
4 Feb 2015
by Michael Roberts

Following the 1959 Cuban Revolution, in which revolutionaries led by Fidel Castro overthrew General Fulgencio Batista's government, United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower quickly recognized Cuba's new national government. Relations between the two nations soon soured, however, as a result of the Castro government's new policies, particularly the nationalization of … [read more]


Features
17 Jan 2015
by Christopher Dellana

After September 11, 2001, the US government authorized a military offensive against Al-Qaeda, the group that claimed responsibility for the terrorist attacks. During this offensive, the US Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) carried out what has been described as a "torture program" to obtain information from detainees believed to have had … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jan 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] A White House official on Saturday announced that President Barack Obama [official profile] plans to address cybersecurity as it relates to American consumers and businesses next week. According to the official, the plan will include [Reuters report] legislative initiatives and executive actions. The announcement comes in the wake of … [read more]


Legal News
4 Nov 2014
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] The UN Committee Against Torture (UNCAT) [official website] on Monday opened its 53rd session [report, PDF] and discussed the changes that have been made since the Convention Against Torture [text], an international legal framework to prevent torture and other types of inhumane treatment or punishment, was adopted 30 years … [read more]


Legal News
14 Oct 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday let stand an appeals court ruling that said the US Department of Justice (DOJ) could refuse to release a 2010 memo regarding phone record collection under an exception to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [FOIA portal]. The court will not … [read more]


Professional Commentary
24 Sep 2014
by Robert Bracknell of
edited by Michael Finley

JURIST Guest Columnist Robert Bracknell, a career Marine officer, continues his discussion on ways to reform the military judicial system...This is the second of a two part series on transparency in military court-martial and attorney/judicial misconduct investigation records. Part I presents the case for transparency in court-martial records equivalent to … [read more]


Professional Commentary
16 Sep 2014
by Robert Bracknell of
edited by Josh Guckert

JURIST Guest Columnist Robert Bracknell, a career Marine officer, discusses ways to reform the military judicial system...For the past several years, the Department of Defense and the armed services have been thrashed by the media, victim interest groups, the civilian and military bars and Congress over military justice issues. Accusations … [read more]

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