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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]

Academic Commentary
3 Nov 2015
by Benjamin G. Davis of University of Toledo College of Law
edited by Alix Ware

JURIST Guest Columnist Benjamin G. Davis of the University of Toledo College of Law discusses the recent decision in Meshal v. Higgenbotham... In the Meshal decision on Friday, October 23, 2015, the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit found (as did the district court below) what FBI agents … [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
14 Oct 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Tuesday on two cases. In Montgomery v. Louisiana [transcript, PDF] the court heard arguments on whether [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] the court's 2012 decision in Miller v. Alabama [JURIST report], which struck down state laws that mandated a life … [read more]

Legal News
4 Sep 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A US district court judge on Thursday held Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis in contempt of court for her continued refusal [response, PDF] to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The ruling by District Judge David Bunning came after the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a motion to … [read more]

Legal News
27 Aug 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website] on Wednesday ordered [text, PDF] Kimberly Davis, the Rowan County Clerk of Courts [official website] in Kentucky, to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Davis is currently appealing [JURIST report] a preliminary injunction [order, PDF] by the US … [read more]

Academic Commentary
14 May 2015
by Roy S. Gutterman of S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST guest columnist Roy S. Gutterman of the Syracuse University College of Law discusses recent changes to Malaysian sedition law...Sedition, laws criminalizing criticism of a monarchy or government, is not as anachronistic as knights in shining armor or a moat around the castle. In fact, in many countries around the … [read more]

Legal News
23 Mar 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in two cases on Monday. In Montgomery v Louisiana [docket], the court was asked [cert. petition, PDF] to determine whether, in light of Miller v. Alabama [docket; JURIST report], collateral review is due retroactively to those sentenced to … [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]

Student Commentary
12 Feb 2015
by Anastasia Konina of University of Pittsburgh School of Law
edited by Josh Guckert

JURIST Guest Columnist Anastasia Konina, an LL.M student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, discusses how due process rights should be applied in the case of consumer online dispute resolution...Recent years have witnessed the increasing privatization of enforcement institutions in several areas of European law, including consumer law. … [read more]

17 Jan 2015
by Sarah Steers

Shortly before the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence declassified the torture report, the UN Committee Against Torture released their own report condemning the US for failure to comply with the international Convention Against Torture treaty. Following the December 9, 2014 release of the Senate torture report, the UN Special … [read more]

Legal News
12 Dec 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court [official website] granted certiorari [order list, PDF] Friday in four cases. In Bullard v. Hyde Park Savings Bank [docket; cert. petition, PDF] the court will decide whether an order denying confirmation of a bankruptcy plan is appealable. The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit … [read more]

Professional Commentary
22 Nov 2014
by Dmytro Galagan of VoxUkraine
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Dmytro Galagan, of VoxUkraine, discusses the ongoing natural gas dispute between Ukraine and Russia ...On November 16, 2014, NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine (Naftogaz) and OJSC Gazprom (Gazprom) informed that they had filed lawsuits against each other at the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC). … [read more]

Legal News
14 Sep 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of North Korea [JURIST news archive] on Sunday sentenced an American man to six years of hard labor for committing "hostile acts" against the country. The court convicted 24-year-old California resident Matthew Todd Miller of entering the country on April 10th illegally to commit espionage, a … [read more]

Professional Commentary
6 Sep 2014
by Graeme Reid of Human Rights Watch
edited by Michael Finley

JURIST Guest Columnist, Graeme Reid, of Human Rights Watch, discusses the weakening of LGBT rights in international law ...For lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people the law is a paradox. The law can operate as an instrument of repression and control, but also as a tool for resistance and … [read more]

17 Jul 2014
by Neil Devlin

Washington DC had a set of gun laws that made owning a handgun illegal without a special one-year permit. An additional lock-and-trigger requirement prohibited keeping loaded "fire-ready" guns in DC homes. A policeman, Dick Heller, applied for a permit to possess a handgun in his Washington home. After being denied … [read more]

17 Jul 2014
by Michael Roberts

Adopted to ease fear of the new federal government disarming the militias of individual states at the time of United States Constitution's ratification, the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to … [read more]

Legal News
15 Apr 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The Maltese Parliament [official website] passed new legislation [legislative materials] on Monday legalizing same-sex civil unions [press release, in Maltese], and providing such unions with the same rights as are afforded heterosexual marriages in the country. The bill also provides for the recognition of same-sex marriages legally performed abroad … [read more]

Academic Commentary
31 Mar 2014
by Derek Muller of Pepperdine University School of Law
edited by Kenneth Hall

JURIST Guest Columnist Derek Muller of the Pepperdine University School of Law discusses the shaky legal foundations of the Tenth Circuit's recent decision in Kerr v. Hickenlooper ... A novel judicial opinion written on dubious legal grounds can serve as an empty vessel into which hopeful litigants everywhere pour hope. … [read more]

Academic Commentary
20 Feb 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist Ronald Sievert of the Bush School of Government at Texas A&M University and adjunct professor at the University of Texas School of Law in national security and international law argues that when weighed against the minimal privacy interests impacted, government metadata surveillance programs produce a net gain … [read more]

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