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Legal News
12 hours ago
by Kasey Tuttle

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Minnesota [official website] on Thursday ordered a Bosnian man to be deported after he pleaded guilty to lying on immigration forms about his criminal history during the Bosnian war. Zdenko Jekisa [ICE press release] has resided in the US … [read more]

Legal News
2 days ago
by Alexis Wheeler

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Minnesota filed suit [complaint, PDF] in state court Tuesday against the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) seeking the release of footage [press release] from the police shooting of 24-year old Jamar Clark. Clark, an … [read more]

Legal News
22 Jan 2016
by Kasey Tuttle

The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] in favor of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] on Thursday, dismissing a claim that the imposed pollution regulations in Minnesota are too lenient. The National Parks Conservation Association [advocacy website] challenged the EPA's approval … [read more]

Professional Commentary
29 Dec 2015
by Brian T. Hodges and Damien M. Schiff of Pacific Legal Foundation
edited by Maria Coladonato

JURIST Guest Columnists Brian T. Hodges and Damien M. Schiff of Pacific Legal Foundation discuss whether a landowner can seek judicial review of a jurisdictional determination under the Clean Water Act ...The US Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in a Clean Water Act (CWA) case that will have … [read more]

Legal News
12 Dec 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] granted certiorari [order, PDF] Friday in four cases. In Birchfield, Danny v. North Dakota [SCOTUSblog materials], consolidated with Bernard, William R. v. Minnesota and Beylund, Steve M. v. North Dakota, the court will determine "[w]hether, in the absence of a warrant, a state … [read more]

Legal News
14 Oct 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The Minnesota Court of Appeals [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that an officer must obtain a warrant in order to test the blood of a person suspected of driving while intoxicated (DWI). Minnesota's implied consent law, Statute § 169A.20, subdivision 2 (2012) [text] makes it a crime for … [read more]

Legal News
27 Aug 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The Minnesota Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] on Wednesday that requiring a person to show photographic identification before entering a courtroom does not constitute a "partial courtroom closure" and "was too trivial to constitute a true closure." The defendant, who was convicted for the shooting of three … [read more]

Legal News
18 Jun 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] The US District Court for the District of Minnesota [official website] on Wednesday ruled [opinion, PDF] that Minnesota's sex offender program and civil commitment statutes are unconstitutional, but has chosen to await further proceedings on a remedy before taking any immediate action. The civil commitment [LII backgrounder] program allows … [read more]

Academic Commentary
19 Feb 2015
by James G. Hodge Jr. & Kim Weidenaar of Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnists James G. Hodge Jr. and Kim Weidenaar of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, discuss the recent news on California and other states' lawmakers' efforts to propose strict vaccination legislation, and the current vaccine exemption issues in the US... The US public health … [read more]

7 Feb 2015
by Vanessa Griffith

The debate over the legalization of same-sex marriage was long one of the most polarizing issues [JURIST op-ed] facing the American legal community. Several major cases shaped the course of the debate over the past 40 years. Loving v. Virginia is a 1967 US Supreme Court case which declared laws … [read more]

Legal News
7 Feb 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Colorado lawmakers on Friday declined to pass a bill [HB 15-1135, PDF] that would have permitted medically assisted suicide for terminally-ill patients. If Colorado had enacted this law, it would have required two physicians to confirm that a patient was terminally ill. Further, patients would have been required to … [read more]

Legal News
4 Feb 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A group of patients and doctors on Wednesday filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] in a New York court requesting a declaration that physician-assisted suicide is not illegal under New York state law. Though the state does have a law prohibiting assisted suicide, plaintiffs argue [press release] that it was … [read more]

Legal News
22 Jan 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Two Democratic state senators in California introduced a bill [text] on Wednesday to legalize assisted suicide and modeled the bill after the physician-assisted suicide law enacted by voters in Oregon in 1994. The bill would require [Reuters report] two doctors to confirm that the patient has six months or … [read more]

Legal News
19 Jan 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday will hear oral arguments [hearing list, PDF] for the case Williams-Yulee v. Florida Bar [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] which may undo campaign finance restrictions on state judicial candidates around the country. The plaintiff Lanell Williams-Yulee was a county judge candidate in Florida, who … [read more]

Legal News
28 Nov 2014
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] The Texas 13th Court of Appeals [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] on Wednesday that Texas's implied consent law [text], which allows officers to take blood samples of motorists to determine impairment, is unconstitutional. The court was asked to examine the law after David Villarreal was stopped by police as … [read more]

Academic Commentary
28 Oct 2014
by Richard Kelsey of George Mason University School of Law
edited by Alex Ferraro

JURIST Guest Columnist Richard Kelsey, of George Mason University School of Law, discusses the Supreme Court's recent actions on same-sex marriage ...The Constitution provides no citizen of any gender or orientation a Constitutional right to marriage. The Constitution is silent on the issue of marriage. It is not mentioned, and … [read more]

Legal News
19 Oct 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Nevada Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday ruled [opinion, PDF] that Nevada's implied consent law [text], which allows police officers to take blood samples of motorists to determine impairment, is unconstitutional. The case involved a man named Michael Byars who was stopped by state troopers for driving under … [read more]

Legal News
14 Oct 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A Minnesota judge on Monday approved a settlement [press release] in a landmark sexual abuse case involving Catholic church leaders that neglected to warn parishioners about an abusive priest. The plaintiffs accused the church leaders of creating a public nuisance by failing to warn the parishioners, which is the … [read more]

Legal News
25 Sep 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The Pennsylvania State Senate [official website] approved legislation Thursday that would legalize several forms of medical marijuana. Senate Bill 1182 [legislative documents], proposed by state senator Daylin Leach [official website], passed with strong support 43-7 [Senate Roll Call] and will now proceed to the State House of Representatives. The … [read more]

Legal News
23 Sep 2014
by Ann Schober

[JURIST] The US District Court for the District of Colorado [official website] denied [order, PDF] on Monday a request by Citizens United [advocacy website] for a preliminary injunction to allow the conservative organization to air a political documentary without disclosing the film's advertising donors as required by state law [text]. … [read more]

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