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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]


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

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]


Legal News
9 Jun 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday denied certiorari in Jackson v. San Francisco [docket; cert. petition, PDF], a case challenging a San Francisco law [text, PDF] requiring gun owners to keep handguns "stored in a locked container or disabled with a trigger lock that has been approved … [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
23 Apr 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] The parents of Michael Brown [JURIST news archive] filed a civil lawsuit [complaint] Thursday under Missouri's wrongful death statute against the city of Ferguson, Missouri [official website]. In addition to the city of Ferguson, the complaint also names former police chief Thomas Jackson, and former police officer Darren Wilson … [read more]


Legal News
20 Mar 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Florida [official website] on Thursday ordered re-sentencing hearings [opinion, PDF] for four individuals who were convicted of felonies as juveniles. The court ruled that new sentences must comply with two US Supreme Court [official website] decisions. One of which says juveniles cannot be sentenced to … [read more]


Legal News
6 Mar 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Ferguson, Missouri Mayor James Knowles reportedly fired [Reuters report] three city employees on Thursday after an investigation by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] exposed racist e-mails and racially disparate police practices in the city. One of the employees was a former City Court Clerk [AP report], … [read more]


Legal News
19 Feb 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood [official website] asked [cert. petition, PDF] the US Supreme Court [official website] on Wednesday to allow the state to enforce an abortion law [HB 1390 text, PDF] that was declared unconstitutional by the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] in … [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
13 Feb 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The Mississippi House of Representatives approved a bill [HB 1305 materials] on Thursday that would make details involving executions secret and allow lawsuits against anyone who divulges the secrets. Moreover, the names of the executioner and anyone "assisting in the execution in capacity" would be exempt from public disclosure. … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jan 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Sunday reported [press release] that the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] took legal custody of former commander of Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) Dominic Ongwen in Central African Republic's capital Bangui last week. AI believes that transferring Ongwen to the ICC is a … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] decided Monday not to take on a case [order list, PDF] to review Louisiana's ban on same-sex marriage. The ban was upheld [JURIST report] by a federal trial judge in New Orleans in September. The couples were seeking to bypass the US Court … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jan 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] heard oral arguments [court schedule] on Friday regarding the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Federal courts overturned the same-sex marriage bans in Texas and Mississippi, while another federal court upheld Louisiana's ban [JURIST … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jan 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] A judge in Florida's Miami-Dade County on Monday lifted a stay on her July decision [ruling, PDF] that held that bans on same-sex marriage violated equal protection rights, hours ahead of statewide legalization. Judge Sarah Zabel immediately stayed her decision in July while the state appealed. Last Thursday, a … [read more]


Student Commentary
5 Jan 2015
by Ashely Varnado of St. John's University School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Ashley Varnado, St. John's University School of Law Class of 2015, is the author of the ninth article in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Varnado discusses the exclusionary discipline that bars Chicago public school students from education...Imagine … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jan 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Florida [official website] ruled [order] Thursday that Florida county clerks have a legal duty to issue marriage licenses for same-sex couples, while also noting that they are not ordered to do so. This ruling clarifies a stay … [read more]


Legal News
20 Dec 2014
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Friday refused to delay [order, PDF] a federal judge's order that would permit same-sex couples to marry in Florida after January 5, despite state officials' pleas for the delay to be upheld. This order is the result of an early December decision … [read more]


Academic Commentary
6 Dec 2014
by Jeffrey Jackson of Washburn University School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Jeffrey D. Jackson, of the Washburn University School of Law, discusses the complexities of applying state and federal court orders to state marriage laws ...On October 6, 2014, the US Supreme Court denied certiorari [PDF] on all seven cases challenging state bans on same-sex marriage, which effectively … [read more]


Legal News
26 Nov 2014
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] Two federal judges on Tuesday struck down same-sex marriage bans in Arkansas and Mississippi [opinions, PDF]. The rulings overturned the voter-approved bans that had been in place for over a decade. US District Judge Carlton Wayne Reeves of Jackson placed his decision declaring the ban a violation of the … [read more]


Legal News
2 Nov 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Friday called on [press release] UN peacekeepers and Congolese authorities to protect the country's civilians from armed rebels that are considered extremely dangerous. AI claims that the rebels have killed more than 100 people during the month of October. In the most recent … [read more]

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