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Legal News
10 Nov 2014
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] on Friday that Alaska's lawsuit challenging the Roadless Rule [text] can be heard because it falls within the statute of limitations. This decision overturns the ruling by the US District Court of the … [read more]


Legal News
12 Feb 2014
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Tuesday struck down [opinion, PDF] licensing regulations imposed by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) [official website] on tax preparers, holding that nothing within the text of the law or legislative history contemplates such a vast … [read more]


Legal News
4 Dec 2013
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Tuesday affirmed [opinion, PDF] the district court's denial of a writ of habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainee Abdul Razak Ali. Ali, who was captured in 2002 during an 18-day stay at a Pakistan guesthouse with … [read more]


Legal News
14 Aug 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) [official website] has been violating federal law by failing to accept or deny the pending Department of Energy (DOE) [official website] application for a waste … [read more]


Academic Commentary
4 Apr 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Nicholas Johnson of the Fordham University School of Law examines the parallels between gun and abortion rights within the context of the proposed assault weapons ban legislation...In my previous piece for JURIST, I demonstrated the inadequacy of the current constitutional analysis used by courts when evaluating restrictions … [read more]


Professional Commentary
21 Mar 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Shane Kadidal of the Center for Constitutional Rights argues that even if the government's petition for en banc review of al Bahlul v. US fails, it will nonetheless succeed in maintaining the political status quo of the Obama administration...There are, basically, only two ways to leave Guantanamo … [read more]


Professional Commentary
9 Nov 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Stephen Halbrook says that the Fifth Circuit's decision in NRA v. BATFE misinterprets Second Amendment history and leads to absurd results...Recently, in NRA v. BATFE, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld the ban on the sale of handguns by federally licensed dealers to … [read more]


Professional Commentary
21 Jul 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Edward White of the American Center for Law and Justice says that in upholding the ACA under the government's taxing power, the Supreme Court effectively rewrote the law and unduly exceeded its authority...The Supreme Court's 5-4 decision [PDF] upholding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) stunned me as … [read more]


Legal News
9 Nov 2011
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] issued a ruled [text] 2-1 on Tuesday to uphold the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) [HP 3590 text; JURIST news archive]. Senior Circuit Judges Laurence Silberman in his opinion affirmed … [read more]


Legal News
7 May 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Friday rejected [opinion, PDF] an attempt to remove the phrase "so help me God" from the presidential oath. The challenge was brought by atheist Michael Newdow [JURIST news archive] and several other groups, who claimed … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jul 2009
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit [official website] announced [opinion, PDF] Thursday that prosecutors cannot subpoena statements made by a former congressman to the US House of Representatives Ethics Committee [official website], unsealing [order, PDF] a June 23 opinion. In overturning the lower court's ruling, the … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jul 2009
by Andrew Morgan

[JURIST] A group of federal judges on Thursday urged the US Sentencing Commission (USSC) [official website] to revise complicated and mechanical calculations used to determine federal criminal sentences. Federal circuit and district court judges praised [Bloomberg report] the 2005 Supreme Court [official website] decision in US v. Booker [opinion], which … [read more]


Legal News
8 Aug 2008
by Abigail Salisbury

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit [official website] on Friday dismissed [decision, PDF] a shareholder suit against government-sponsored lender Fannie Mae [corporate website] for alleged wrongdoing by the board of directors. Shareholders accused the board of failing to take appropriate steps in 2004 to prevent accounting … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jun 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] US Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) [official website] on Tuesday urged federal appellate court Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh [official profile; JURIST news archive] to recuse himself in "all pending and subsequent cases involving detainees and enemy combatants," after the Washington Post reported Monday that Kavanaugh, while serving as the assistant … [read more]


Legal News
26 May 2006
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] The US Senate on Friday confirmed the nomination of White House staffer Brett Kavanaugh [White House backgrounder] to the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia by a margin of 57-36 [roll call] after a test vote Thursday cleared the way for his approval [AP report]. Kavanaugh … [read more]


Legal News
11 May 2006
by Tom Henry

[JURIST] The US Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday voted 10-8 along party lines to send the circuit court nomination of White House aide Brett Kavanaugh [White House backgrounder] to the full Senate for a confirmation vote. Kavanaugh, who has been nominated to the US Court of Appeals for the DC … [read more]


Legal News
11 May 2006
by Tom Henry

[JURIST] A committee of the American Bar Association [group website] has voted unanimously that judicial nominee Michael B. Wallace [official profile] is "not qualified" [ratings, PDF] to sit on the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website]. Wallace, a Mississippi lawyer and former aide to US Sen. … [read more]


Legal News
10 May 2006
by Tom Henry

[JURIST] The US Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote Thursday on the controversial renomination of White House aide Brett Kavanaugh [White House backgrounder] to the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. Kavanaugh faced probing questions from committee members Tuesday, one day after the American Bar Association [profession … [read more]


Legal News
9 May 2006
by Tom Henry

[JURIST] In a reversal of judgment, the American Bar Association [group website] on Monday lowered its rating of White House aide and nominee to the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit Brett Kavanaugh [White House backgrounder] from "well qualified" to "qualified" [ratings, PDF]. A majority of committee members … [read more]


Legal News
4 May 2006
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] US Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) [official website], chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee [official website], said Thursday that the committee will hold further hearings on the nomination of White House aide Brett Kavanaugh [White House backgrounder] to the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. Democrats have called … [read more]

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