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Legal News
4 Feb 2016
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Twelve countries across the Pacific-Rim on Thursday signed [joint statement] the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) [text] in New Zealand amid waves of protest. The twelve nations, which together make-up roughly 40% of the world's GDP [BBC report], include the Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, … [read more]

Legal News
27 Jan 2016
by Miracle Jones

The Supreme Court of Mexico [official website, in Spanish] struck down [press release, in Spanish] language in a Jalisco state law on Tuesday defining marriage as being between a man and a woman. The ruling effectively ends the same-sex marriage ban in one of the largest states in the country … [read more]

Legal News
25 Jan 2016
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] Three men were arrested on Saturday for their possible connection to the disappearance of 43 Mexican students in September 2014. Mexican authorities claim [AP report] the suspects are members of Guerreros Unidos [Insight Crime backgrounder], a local drug cartel that presumably received and murdered the missing students following their … [read more]

Legal News
18 Jan 2016
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] Approximately 180 Cuban migrants crossed the US border on Friday as part of an organized Central American effort to transport the 8,000 Cubans stranded in Costa Rica. Following recent diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba, thousands of Cubans are attempting to seek asylum [New Yorker report] in the … [read more]

Legal News
9 Jan 2016
by Emelina Perez

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman [US State Department backgrounder] was arrested Friday in Los Mochis, Mexico in a military raid conducted by the Mexican government that left 5 suspects dead and one Mexican official inured. Guzman escaped [JURIST report] Mexico's highest security prison, Altiplano, through a tunnel on July 11. In … [read more]

Legal News
7 Jan 2016
by William Helbling

[JURIST] TransCanda [official website] on Wednesday brought a lawsuit against the US Government in federal court challenging President Barack Obama's decision to reject the expansion of the Keystone pipeline. TransCanada filed its suit in the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas [official website] claiming that Obama lacked … [read more]

Legal News
23 Dec 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Tuesday signed a decree fully legalizing medical marijuana [press release, in Spanish] in the country. Santos said the new regulations, which make it legal to grow, process, import and export marijuana for medical and scientific use, would put Colombia "at the forefront in the … [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]

Legal News
30 Nov 2015
by Justin Cosgrove

The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday denied [order, PDF] certiorari in an appeal by Mexican states attempting to sue BP over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The court let stand a lower court ruling in Veracruz, Mexico, et al. v. BP, P.L.C., et al. [opinion], finding … [read more]

Legal News
13 Nov 2015
by Alexis Wheeler

A federal judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Arkansas [official website] ruled [opinion] against Thursday that a nativity scene on Baxter County Courthouse grounds violates the First Amendment. The lawsuit was filed by the American Humanist Association (AHA) [advocacy website] on behalf of a Mountain … [read more]

Legal News
10 Nov 2015
by Miracle Jones

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed [press release] a bill [A4587, PDF] into law Monday that would allow for the administering of edible medical marijuana to sick and disabled children on school grounds without triggering the arrests of parents or educators. The bill, also known as Genny's Bill [backgrounder], was … [read more]

Legal News
9 Nov 2015
by Alonso Diaz

Mexico's National Human Rights Commission on Sunday [advocacy website, in Spanish] on Sunday criticized [text, PDF, in Spanish] the Mexican Attorney General's Office [official website, in Spanish] and other government offices involved in the investigation of the "Missing 43" [The New Yorker report] for failing to comply with its recommendations. … [read more]

Legal News
8 Nov 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] President Barack Obama [official website] on Friday announced [press release] that he has rejected a request from a Canadian company to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The president cited climate change as the primary reason in which he is not allowing construction of the pipeline, which was proposed … [read more]

Legal News
5 Nov 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Mexico Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish] ruled on Wednesday that four members of the nonprofit Sociedad Mexicana de Autoconsumo Responsable y Tolerante (SMART) [Facebook page, in Spanish] will be allowed to grow and smoke marijuana. This decision marks a significant step [BBC report] in the potential path … [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]

Legal News
29 Oct 2015
by Ashley Hogan

There is evidence of recent unlawful police killings in Mexico said [press release] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Wednesday. The report suggests that police action which left eight civilians dead in the city of Apatzingán on January 6, and 42 civilians and one police officer dead in Tanhuato … [read more]

Professional Commentary
24 Oct 2015
by Margaret Dore of Law Offices of Margaret K. Dore
edited by Maria Coladonato

JURIST Guest Columnist Margaret Dore argues that a new law to legalize assisted suicide is a recipe for elder abuse and family trauma, and that it will encourage people with years to live to throw away their lives...California has passed a bill to legalize physician-assisted suicide, which is scheduled to … [read more]

Student Commentary
21 Oct 2015
by Makousse IIboudo of St. John's School of Law
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Makousse Ilboudo of St. John's University School of Law Class of 2016 is the third author in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Makousse discusses the need for regulation to ensure fair and humane treatment of immigrant pregnant … [read more]

Legal News
19 Oct 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Texas on Friday issued a temporary order [text] allowing Texas officials to continue denying birth certificates to children of immigrants. Earlier this year a group of undocumented immigrants sued the state because the state refused to issue … [read more]

Legal News
13 Oct 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Mexico's attorney general on Sunday released a 54,000-page file [text, in Spanish] detailing the Mexican government's investigation into last year's disappearance of 43 students. Attorney General Arely Gomez Gonzalez provided the partially-redacted document through Twitter [official account, in Spanish] following repeated calls by Mexico's National Transparency Institute [advocacy website, … [read more]

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