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Legal News
1 day ago
by Justin Cosgrove

US District Court Judge David Godbey on Monday rejected [order, PDF] a Texas lawsuit seeking to halt the federal resettlement of Syrian refugees in the state. The federal judge ruled that Texas officials had failed to show a "substantial threat of irreparable injury" in the request for an injunction to … [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]


Legal News
28 Jan 2016
by Justin Cosgrove

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana (ACLU) [advocacy website] and the Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services Commission (IPAS) [advocacy website] reached a settlement agreement [document, PDF] on Wednesday with the Department of Corrections [official website] over the treatment of mentally ill prisoners. The ACLU of Indiana and IPAS filed … [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]


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]


Academic Commentary
29 Dec 2015
by Guadalupe T. Luna of Indiana Tech Law School
edited by Adam Shirer

JURIST Guest Columnist Guadalupe T. Luna of Indiana Tech Law School discusses Indiana Governor's refusal to accept Syrian refugees...Federal law and its nexus with international humanitarian principles, agreements and commitments extend sanctuary to refugees fleeing war-torn countries, ethnic strife and other harm that precludes return to their countries of origin. … [read more]


Student Commentary
21 Dec 2015
by Ashley Merritt of Valparaiso University School of Law
edited by Dave Rodkey

JURIST Guest Columnist Ashley Merritt of the Valparaiso University School of Law discusses the effectiveness of mandatory minimum sentencing laws on deterring gun violence... In response to a disturbing rise in homicides and violent gun crime, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard has suggested a solution: harsher mandatory minimum sentences for charges … [read more]


Student Commentary
18 Dec 2015
by Kendra Julian of Valparaiso University School of Law
edited by Alix Ware

JURIST Guest Columnist Kendra Julian of Valparaiso University School of Law, Class of 2017, discusses the need for states to enact hate crime legislation...We don't like you. Get out. You don't belong. We're superior to you. These phrases all lead to a common message—a message of fear and intimidation. Unfortunately, … [read more]


Student Commentary
17 Dec 2015
by Duke M. Truong of Valparaiso University School of Law
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnist Duke M. Truong of the Valparaiso University School of Law, Class of 2017, discusses the issues the US is facing in accepting Syrian refugees in fear of terrorist attack... Eighty-one percent of Americans see a major terrorist attack as likely following the Paris massacres on November 13, … [read more]


Legal News
24 Nov 2015
by Emelina Perez

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Indiana [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit against Governor Mike Pence [official website] and the state's Secretary of Family and Social Services Administration on Monday, on behalf of Exodus Refugee Immigration [advocacy website], after Pence announced his plans to suspend resettlement of Syrian refugees … [read more]


Academic Commentary
31 Aug 2015
by Mohamed Abdelaal of Alexandria University Faculty of Law
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Mohamed Abdelaal of Alexandria University Faculty of Law discusses Egypt's anti-terrorism law... After the revolution of 2011, which resulted in President Hosni Mubarak being forced to step down, delegating his powers to the armed forces, Egypt witnessed a huge wave of factional protest movements and escalated violence, … [read more]


Legal News
28 Aug 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana [ACLU] [official website] on Thursday filed a complaint [text, PDF] challenging the constitutionality of a new Indiana statute that prohibits voters from sharing pictures of their ballots on social media. The ACLU of Indiana claimes that Indiana Code 3-11-8-17.5 [text] violates Indiana … [read more]


Legal News
14 Aug 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] A Colorado state appeals court [official website] ruled [text, PDF] on Thursday that a baker violated Colorado's public accommodations law when he refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. The baker, Jack Phillips, refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, claiming that creating … [read more]


Academic Commentary
11 Aug 2015
by Nancy Marcus of Indiana Tech Law School
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Nancy Marcus of Indiana Tech Law School discusses religious freedom in the US...In a recent battle between reproductive rights and religious freedom, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Stormans, Inc. v. Wiesman rejected claims brought by a pharmacy owner and two pharmacists seeking … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Indiana's controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) [text, JURIST commentary] law took effect on Wednesday, one of many such bills to take effect today around the country. The bill, as originally written, made it legal for private businesses to refuse service to potential customers because of their sexual orientation. … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A bill [text] approved by Indiana lawmakers earlier this year repealing the statewide ban on sawed-off shotguns will go into effect July 1. The bill, sponsored by Senator Jim Tomes [official profile], will allow the manufacture, selling and ownership of shotguns with barrels 18 inches or less in length. … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The North Carolina House of Representatives [official website] on Thursday passed a law that would allow some court officials to refuse to perform same-sex marriages [JURIST backgrounder] based on their religious beliefs, overriding a veto [JURIST report] by Governor Pat McCroy [official website]. The law requires that officials who … [read more]


Legal News
29 May 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory [official website] vetoed legislation [SB 2 summary] Thursday that would allow officials to avoid performing same-sex marriages. The bill, which would permit court officials and magistrates to avoid any marriage duties if they have a sincere religious objection, was passed on Thursday by both … [read more]


Legal News
21 May 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Louisiana legislatures on Tuesday rejected a religious objections bill that was pushed by Governor Bobby Jindal [official website]. A House legal committee voted 10-2 [AP report] to kill the bill, ending weeks of serious debate. However, in an effort to solicit Christian conservatives for his likely presidential bid in … [read more]


Legal News
15 May 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The Republican led Missouri General Assembly [official website] on Wednesday approved a "right to work" bill that would stop workers from being required to be part of a union or pay dues, but the bill did not garner enough votes to overcome a likely veto by Governor Jay Nixon … [read more]

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