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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

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]


Features
7 Feb 2015

The debate over the legalization of same-sex marriage is one of the most polarizing issues [JURIST op-ed] currently 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

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]


Legal News
19 Aug 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Minnesota [official website] on Monday approved a settlement for $62.5 million between Wells Fargo & Co [corporate website] and large institutional clients who lost money in an investment program known as securities lending. US District Judge Donovan Frank … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jul 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] US Representative Scott Perry (R-PA) [official website] on Monday introduced a bill [press release] to nationally legalize cannabidiol (CBD) oil, or marijuana extract, which has been shown to treat seizures in children suffering from epilepsy. Although the bill, called the "Charlotte's Web Medical Hemp Act of 2014," does not … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jul 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] Illinois Governor Pat Quinn [official website] signed [press release] legislation [SB 2636 materials] Sunday that will allow adults and children suffering from seizures access to medical marijuana [JURIST backgrounder]. The bill amends the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act to allow children, with parental consent, to access medical marijuana … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jul 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official website] ruled [text, PDF] Monday against a coalition of five Great Lakes States seeking to compel the Army Corps of Engineers [official website] and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (District) to take action to prevent Asian … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jul 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] New York Governor Andrew Cuomo [official website] on Monday signed [press release] the Compassionate Care Act [text] into law, making New York the twenty-third state to legalize medical marijuana. The bill legalizes the possession, manufacture, use, delivery, transport or administration of medical marijuana by a designated caregiver for a … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jun 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Florida Governor Rick Scott [official website] on Monday signed [press release] a bill [text] allowing a non-euphoric strain of marijuana to be used for the treatment of epilepsy, cancer and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act garnered bipartisan support and was passed by the State Assembly … [read more]


Legal News
18 May 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Minnesota lawmakers on Friday approved a bill [SF 2470, text] legalizing medical marijuana in pill or liquid form for a limited number of patients who suffer from severe or fatal illnesses. The state's Senate voted 46-16 and the House voted 89-40 to approve the bill with bipartisan support. Governor … [read more]

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