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Legal News
1 day ago
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals [official website] on Thursday vacated [opinion, pdf] a district court ruling that had upheld a Maryland law banning high-capacity magazines and semi-automatic rifles. The lower court had granted summary judgment in favor of Maryland on the plaintiffs' Second Amendment claims attacking the law's … [read more]


Legal News
14 Dec 2015
by Alexis Wheeler

The Supreme Court [official website] Monday stayed [order, PDF] an Alabama court decision that repudiated the parental rights of a woman (VL) who had been raising the three children she shared with her same-sex partner. The Alabama Supreme Court [official website] decision [text, PDF] had reversed the ruling of a … [read more]


Legal News
8 Dec 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously Tuesday that a Maryland man's congressional redistricting lawsuit should be heard by a special three-judge panel and may therefore proceed. In Shapiro v. McManus [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] the court was presented with the question of whether a single-judge district court … [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
1 Dec 2015
by Alexis Wheeler

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Maryland [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that the display of a prominent cross-shaped war memorial in a public park operated by Prince George County does not violate the Establishment Clause [text] of the First Amendment. The monument, known … [read more]


Academic Commentary
1 Dec 2015
by Markus Rauschecker of University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
edited by Alix Ware

JURIST Guest Columnist Markus Rauschecker of University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law discusses the recent Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act...Over the past few years, Congress made many attempts to pass cyber threat data sharing legislation. Until this year, these prior attempts had all been unsuccessful. However, in April … [read more]


Legal News
24 Nov 2015
by Emelina Perez

Lawmakers in Vietnam voted on Tuesday to pass a law granting transgender people the right to change their gender on legal documents. The new law was approved [AFP Report] by 282 of 366 law makers after the National Assembly's Standing Committee submitted [Thanh Nien News report] a report on a … [read more]


Legal News
18 Nov 2015
by Justin Cosgrove

The Dutch Council of State [official website, in Dutch] on Wednesday ordered [judgment, in Dutch; press release, in Dutch] more cuts in gas production. The court came to this decision after stronger and more frequent earthquakes occurred in the Netherlands as a result of extraction. The Groningen [BBC backgrounder], the … [read more]


Legal News
18 Nov 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The Oklahoma Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] that same-sex couples with children who had been in a union before same-sex marriage was legalized may be granted custodial rights. The case involves parents Charlene Ramey and Kimberly Sutton, who separated two years before the US Supreme … [read more]


Legal News
17 Nov 2015
by Taylor Gillan

An Alabama woman on Monday asked [cert. petition] the US Supreme Court [official website] to review the decision of an Alabama court not to recognize [opinion] her adoption of her same-sex partner's three children. She has also asked the Supreme Court for an emergency order [AL report] to allow her … [read more]


Legal News
3 Nov 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The US Department of Education ruled on Monday that the Palatine Township School District 211 [official websites] in Illinois violated federal law when it refused to provide gender-appropriate locker rooms for a transgender student. In December 2013 the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] filed a federal complaint … [read more]


Academic Commentary
3 Nov 2015
by Meghan J. Ryan of Southern Methodist university Dedman School of Law
edited by Cassandra Baubie

JURIST Guest Columnist Meghan J. Ryan of Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law discusses the controversy surrounding Richard Eugene Glossip's Oklahoma death penalty sentence... The recent activity surrounding the scheduled execution of Oklahoma's Richard Eugene Glossip has once again spotlighted the three-ring circus that has become America's death penalty. … [read more]


Professional Commentary
30 Oct 2015
by Daniel J. Wright of Law Offices of Daniel Wright
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Daniel J. Wright of the Law Offices of Daniel Wright discusses how post-conviction procedure rules hinder the ability to seek truth in faulty sentences... Those accused of a serious crime are entitled by the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution to representation by an attorney. This … [read more]


Legal News
30 Oct 2015
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

The European Parliament [official website] voted 342-274 on Thursday to approve [press release] a resolution encouraging its member countries not to extradite Edward Snowden [BBC profile] to the US. In an affirmative act passed by a vote of 285-281, Parliament also called upon its member states to drop all criminal … [read more]


Legal News
27 Oct 2015
by Gwenyth Gamble

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Maryland [official website] on Friday dismissed [opinion, PDF; ACLU press release] a lawsuit [materials] filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] and other human rights organizations challenging surveillance by the National Security Agency (NSA) [official website]. … [read more]


Legal News
21 Oct 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Following a landmark settlement allowing transgender inmates to receive sex-reassignment surgery [LAT report], California prison officials on Tuesday announced [AP report] the criteria inmates must meet to qualify for the surgery. Seeking to standardize the process, California prison officials will require that mental health professionals refer the inmates for … [read more]


Legal News
19 Oct 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in two sets of cases, involving patent infringement damages and energy preemption, respectively. The first set, Stryker Corp. v. Zimmer and Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc. [dockets] involves the application of a rigid two-part … [read more]


Legal News
5 Oct 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] California Governor Jerry Brown [official profile], on Saturday signed [press release] a new bill [text] that is meant to protect minorities from racial profiling and excessive use of force by police. The "Racial and Identity Profiling Act of 2015" was introduced by Assembly Member Shirley Weber [official profile] requires … [read more]


Legal News
1 Oct 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Wyoming [official website] issued a preliminary injunction [order, pdf] on Wednesday prohibiting the Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) [official websites] from enforcing regulations applying to hydraulic fracturing, also knows as "fracking." The … [read more]


Legal News
27 Sep 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Attorneys for a Maryland transgender inmate said Thursday that their client had won [opinion, PDF] relief under the Prison Rape Elimination Act [text], marking the first such successful challenge. The inmate, Sandy Brown, claimed that guards called her "it" and "some kind of animal" while encouraging her to kill … [read more]

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