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Legal News
21 Mar 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Puerto Rican officials announced Friday that Puerto Rico is ending its defense of a same-sex marriage ban. Article 68 of Puerto Rico's Civil Code [text] contains the territory's same-sex marriage rules. Justice Secretary César Miranda stated, "It [is] neither fair nor correct to defend the constitutionality of that law." … [read more]


Academic Commentary
12 Mar 2015
by Andrew Leipold of University of Illinois College of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Andrew D. Leipold of the University of Illinois College of Law, discusses the First Circuit's decision not to change venue in the Boston Marathon bombing trial...The claim that a local jury can't be unbiased in a case of this profile is intuitively appealing. Although Boston is a … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jan 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts on Wednesday rejected the latest plea by lawyers for accused Boston Marathon bomber [BBC backgrounder] Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to pause jury selection for his trial due to the recent attacks in Paris [BBC backgrounder]. The judge, in a … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jan 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

Amirkhan Amanbaev with the Kazakhstan prosecutor general's office said [RFE/RL report] Monday that the newly adopted Kazakhstan Criminal Procedural code will require police to read suspects their rights when making arrests. The suspects' rights are based on the Miranda warnings [Miranda v. Arizona] used in America and will require the … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jan 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, accused in the Boston Marathon bombings [BBC backgrounder], arrived at the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts [official website] on Monday for jury selection in his federal death penalty trial. Tsarnaev will sit with his attorneys as approximately 1,200 potential jurors are called to the … [read more]


Student Commentary
1 Dec 2014
by Shaun Hiller of St. John's University School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Shaun Hiller, St. John's University School of Law Class of 2015, is the author of the seventh article in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Hiller discusses the invocation of silence and the role that it could play … [read more]


Legal News
19 Feb 2014
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] A UK court on Wednesday rejected a challenge lodged by Brazilian journalist David Miranda, who was detained and questioned by UK authorities in an airport for possessing classified documents leaked by former US National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] contractor Edward Snowden [JURIST news archive]. Miranda, a partner of … [read more]


Legal News
22 Oct 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] Mark Martins [official profile], the chief war crimes prosecutor for the US military commissions at Guantanamo, said on Monday that he had participated in the decision [Miami Herald report] to bring the case of suspected terrorist Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai to the US District Court for the Southern District of … [read more]


Legal News
6 Sep 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Two independent UN human rights experts on Wednesday stressed [press release] the UK's obligation to ensure that investigative journalists are allowed protection from intimidation and punishment. Wednesday's statement comes as a reaction to the recent detention [NYT article] of David Miranda, partner of The Guardian [official website] journalist Glenn … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jun 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 Monday in Salinas v. Texas [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that the petitioner's Fifth Amendment [text] claim fails because he did not expressly revoke the privilege against self-incrimination. Genovevo Salinas was suspected of being involved in a murder. He consented to a … [read more]


Legal News
22 Apr 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official website] said Monday that Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been charged [press release] with using a weapon of mass destruction. According to the criminal complaint [text, PDF], Tsarnaev was charged with one count of using and conspiring to use a weapon … [read more]


Legal News
21 Apr 2013
by Jaimie Cremeans

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] on Saturday released a statement [press release] reacting to statements by federal officials that the recently apprehended Boston bombing suspect will not be read his Miranda rights [LII backgrounder] before being interrogated. A US Department of Justice [official website] official announced … [read more]


Legal News
18 Apr 2013
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Wednesday in two cases [JURIST report]. In Salinas v. Texas [transcript, PDF] the court considered the boundaries of the Fifth Amendment [text] right to remain silent prior to arrest. Genovevo Salinas was suspected of being involved in … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2013
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] granted certiorari in six new cases [order list, PDF] on Friday. In Salinas v. Texas [cert. petition, PDF; docket] the court will consider the boundaries of the Fifth Amendment [text] right to remain silent prior to arrest. Genovevo Salinas was suspected of being … [read more]


Student Commentary
9 Nov 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Louise Lau, University of Texas School of Law Class of 2013, analyzes the effects that Lululemon's design patent lawsuit against Calvin Klein might have on the fashion industry...In an industry that has traditionally accepted inspiration and appropriation as the status quo, Lululemon Athletica's lawsuit against Calvin Klein … [read more]


Legal News
7 Nov 2012
by John Paul Regan

[JURIST] The French Council of Ministers [official website, in French] approved a draft bill [press release] Wednesday providing same-sex couples with the right to marry. The bill extends the rights of marriage, including adoption rights, to same-sex couples living in France without altering current legal marriage and adoptive relationships. The … [read more]


Legal News
26 Sep 2012
by Keith Herting

[JURIST] A Brazilian state court on Wednesday gave YouTube 10 days to remove from its website a film deemed offensive to Muslims. The court order [text, PDF, in Portuguese] follows a recent lawsuit brought by Muslim group National Islamic Union against Youtube's parent company Google [company website] asserting that the … [read more]


Professional Commentary
9 Apr 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Jason Szanyi, staff attorney at the Center for Children's Law and Policy, says that the Supreme Court should follow prior precedent and ban the sentence of life without parole for juvenile homicide offenders...This past month, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Miller v. Alabama and … [read more]


Student Commentary
3 Apr 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Iryna Dasevich is a LL.M. Candidate at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and has interned in the police department and the district court in Turnopil, Ukraine. In the first entry of a 14-part series from the LL.M. students of the University of Pittsburgh School of … [read more]


Legal News
21 Feb 2012
by Hillary Stemple

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled 6-3 [opinion, PDF] Tuesday in Howes v. Fields [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that a US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit categorical rule that all private questioning of prisoners about outside events is per se custodial, requiring Miranda warnings to be given, is … [read more]

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