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Legal News
28 Jan 2016
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin [official website] on Wednesday released an advisory opinion [press release] declaring that daily fantasy sports websites in which players pay to participate are considered gambling and are therefore illegal in the state. Chin noted the difference between friends playing in their own fantasy sports … [read more]


Legal News
20 Dec 2015
by Alexis Wheeler

Hawaiian residents opposed to a self governing native Hawaiian nation within the state have notified a lower court of plans [Motion, PDF] to make a second trip to the US Supreme Court [official website] to address the action taken by their opposition. The Na’i Aupuni [official website] organization has asked … [read more]


Legal News
7 Dec 2015
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday declined to review a Second Amendment challenge to a gun law enforced in Highland Park, Illinois, denying certiorari [order list, PDF] in Friedman v. City of Highland Park [docket; cert. petition, PDF]. The law, challenged by the Illinois State Rifle Association … [read more]


Legal News
3 Dec 2015
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Wednesday issued an order [order, PDF] enjoining Hawaii from counting recent election ballots pending a final ruling from the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website]. The Justice Anthony Kennedy previously blocked the counting of ballots [JURIST report] on … [read more]


Legal News
29 Nov 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A federal judge has dismissed [order, PDF] a discrimination lawsuit filed against a gun store owner that deemed his store a "Muslim Free Zone." Judge Beth Bloom of the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida [official website] said in her order that the Council on American-Islamic … [read more]


Legal News
28 Nov 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] US Supreme Court [official website] Justice Anthony Kennedy on Friday issued an order [order, PDF] blocking the Native Hawaiian Role Commission (NHRC) from counting the ballots and certifying the winner of a wholly native-Hawaiian election now taking place in the US state of Hawaii. In 2011 Hawaii enacted Act … [read more]


Legal News
17 Nov 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that the method used by the Boston Police Department [official website] to promote sergeants to the rank of lieutenant had a disparate impact on minorities. The action was brought against the … [read more]


Academic Commentary
28 Oct 2015
by Sallie Thieme Sanford of University of Washington
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Sallie Thieme Sanford of University of Washington School of Law discusses the decisive impact of the most recent Supreme Court ACA decision on the Marketplaces and also on state decisions regarding Medicaid expansion. She argues that the Court's decision in King v. Burwell not only averted the … [read more]


Legal News
26 Oct 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Hawaii [official website] said Friday that a Native Hawaiian election scheduled for November 1 may take place. The election, known as the Na'i Aupuni [advocacy website] election, will allow Native Hawaiians that are registered to vote to elect … [read more]


Legal News
28 Aug 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The Alaska Superior Court [official website] struck down [order, PDF] a state law Thursday, finding that it would have placed unconstitutional regulations on Medicaid coverage of abortions to the detriment of low-income women. The case [ACLU case updates] was filed by Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest along with … [read more]


Academic Commentary
27 May 2015
by Joyce Lee Malcolm of George Mason University School of Law
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Joyce Lee Malcolm of George Mason University School of Law discusses Vermont's evolving gun law... Much to the frustration of gun control advocates who rate Vermont as "F," the state with the highest per capita gun ownership in the country and virtually no gun restrictions, has a … [read more]


Legal News
31 Mar 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ordered [order list, PDF] the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia [official website] to review its decision that state lawmakers gerrymandered African-American voters into one congressional district. In October a three-judge panel of the district court ruled [opinion] that the … [read more]


Features
7 Feb 2015
by Vanessa Griffith

The debate over the legalization of same-sex marriage was long one of the most polarizing issues [JURIST op-ed] facing the American legal community. Several major cases shaped the course of the debate over the past 40 years. Loving v. Virginia is a 1967 US Supreme Court case which declared laws … [read more]


Professional Commentary
18 Jan 2015
by Elizabeth C. Varner of Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation
edited by Christina Alam

JURIST Guest Columnists Elizabeth C. Varner, Diane Penneys Edelman and Leila Amineddoleh of Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation respond to the piece by Walter Olson on Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act and counter his assertion that the Act has the effect opposite to what Congress intended...Recently JURIST … [read more]


Academic Commentary
2 Dec 2014
by Faisal Kutty of Valparaiso University Law School
edited by Christina Alam

JURIST Guest Columnist Faisal Kutty of Valparaiso University School of Law discusses the offenses of non-consensual publication of obscene materials and possible implication of the laws banning such offenses ..."I was just so afraid. I didn't know how this would affect my career," said Jennifer Lawrence, referring to the hacked … [read more]


Legal News
5 Nov 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Colorado voters on Tuesday rejected Proposition 105 [text, PDF], a measure that would have required companies to label foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). According to preliminary results, the measure received only about 32 percent voter approval, with 68 percent opposed [Reuters report]. Supporters of the measure argued [Denver … [read more]


Legal News
7 Oct 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Tuesday struck down [opinion, PDF] same-sex marriage bans in Nevada and Idaho [case materials]. The court found that the bans violate same-sex couples' due process and equal protection rights. The three-judge panel rejected arguments that same-sex marriages … [read more]


Legal News
18 Sep 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia [official website] on Thursday delayed ruling on a lawsuit challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Judge Robert Chambers [official profile] stated that the case, brought on behalf of three same-sex couples and the child … [read more]


Student Commentary
16 Sep 2014
by Francesca Acocella of Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
edited by Michael Finley

JURIST Guest Columnist Francesca Acocella, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Class of 2016, discusses the recent decision by the Thirteenth Court of Appeals of Texas to recognize transgender identity in determining the validity of marriage ...Think about all the times you need to show ID: seeing a movie, ordering … [read more]


Legal News
16 Sep 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official website] on Monday approved a stay [order, PDF] blocking same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive] in Indiana until the US Supreme Court [official website] weighs in on the issue. The stay will put on hold the September 4 decision [JURIST … [read more]

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