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Legal News
2 days ago
by Miracle Jones

The Florida Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday stayed [order, PDF] the execution of Cary Michael Lambrix amid growing concern about the constitutionality of Florida's death penalty scheme. The stay [case docket] comes after the US Supreme Court [official website] determined in Hurst v. Florida [opinion, PDF] that the death … [read more]

Legal News
28 Jan 2016
by Kasey Tuttle

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood [official website] stated Wednesday that he plans to ask lawmakers to approve the firing squad, electrocution or nitrogen gas as alternate methods of execution [press release] if the state prohibits lethal injections. States access to execution drugs has been hindered as a result of companies … [read more]

Student Commentary
6 Jan 2016
by Ryan Matthews of St. John's University School of Law
edited by Adam Shirer

JURIST Guest Columnist Ryan Matthews of St. John's University School of Law Class of 2016, is the eighth author in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Matthews discusses discriminatory No Promo Homo laws... The US Supreme Court recently decided in favor … [read more]

Academic Commentary
15 Dec 2015
by Maya Manian of University of San Francisco School of Law
edited by Cassandra Baubie

JURIST Guest Columnist Maya Manian of the University of San Francisco School of Law discusses the debate over abortion laws and how the future of a woman's right to choose resides with the Supreme Court as they are set to rule on a monumental case out of Texas later … [read more]

Legal News
14 Dec 2015
by Alexis Wheeler

The Supreme Court [official website] Monday stayed [order, PDF] an Alabama court decision that repudiated the parental rights of a woman (VL) who had been raising the three children she shared with her same-sex partner. The Alabama Supreme Court [official website] decision [text, PDF] had reversed the ruling of a … [read more]

Legal News
7 Dec 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] in two cases Monday. In Dollar General Corporation v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians [transcript, PDF] the court heard arguments on whether tribal courts can hear civil cases involving non-Indian businesses that have contractual agreements with the tribe. … [read more]

Legal News
18 Nov 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The Oklahoma Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] that same-sex couples with children who had been in a union before same-sex marriage was legalized may be granted custodial rights. The case involves parents Charlene Ramey and Kimberly Sutton, who separated two years before the US Supreme … [read more]

Legal News
17 Nov 2015
by Taylor Gillan

An Alabama woman on Monday asked [cert. petition] the US Supreme Court [official website] to review the decision of an Alabama court not to recognize [opinion] her adoption of her same-sex partner's three children. She has also asked the Supreme Court for an emergency order [AL report] to allow her … [read more]

Legal News
6 Nov 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Mississippi Supreme Court [official website] ruled [order, PDF] Thursday that same-sex divorce is legal within the state. In a 5-4 decision, the high court granted the divorce order citing to the recent US Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges [opinion, PDF] as the main legal authority. The … [read more]

Legal News
22 Oct 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [official website] filed a federal class action lawsuit [complaint] on Wednesday against the city of Biloxi, Mississippi, the Biloxi Police Chief, a Municipal Court judge and Judicial Correction Services, Inc. for allegedly arresting and jailing poor people illegally in debtor's prisons. The plaintiffs … [read more]

Legal News
12 Sep 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Two independent human rights experts from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Friday offered support for recent measures [press release; UN backgrounder] by India and China to limit the use of the death penalty. In August, the Law Commission of India … [read more]

Legal News
2 Sep 2015
by Matt Belenky

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals on Wednesday published a ruling [opinion, PDF] holding that a lesbian woman has no visitation or custody rights to a boy given birth by her partner before they were married. Writing for the court, Judge Robert A. Zarnoch [official profile] said that Maryland law … [read more]

Legal News
27 Aug 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A Tennessee judge on Wednesday ruled that the state's use of lethal injections for the execution of death row inmates is constitutional. The decision by Davidson County Chancellor Claudia Bonnyman [official profile] came in answer to a lawsuit brought by 33 death row inmates and their attorneys. According to … [read more]

Legal News
26 Aug 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi [official website] issued a temporary restraining order Tuesday blocking the use of two drugs for lethal injections. The order was issued [AP report] in a phone conference with Jim Craig, a lawyer for two plaintiffs challenging … [read more]

Legal News
13 Aug 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Mississippi civil rights groups filed [complaint, PDF] a federal lawsuit Wednesday challenging the policy of the Mississippi Department of Human Services [official website] that bans adoption by married same-sex couples. The Campaign for Southern Equality, Family Equality Council [advocacy websites] and two female same-sex couples are the plaintiffs in … [read more]

Legal News
26 Jun 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The California State Assembly [official website] on Thursday passed legislation [SB277] requiring schoolchildren to be vaccinated unless there is a medical reason not to do so. The measure ends exemptions among parents opposed to vaccination due to personal or religious reasons. California is now the largest state to mandate … [read more]

Legal News
26 Jun 2015
by Sarah Boehme

A Kansas judge for the Shawnee County District Court [official website] blocked a law on Thursday that would have effectively banned most second-trimester abortions performed in the state. Judge Larry Hendricks stated [AP report] that the first-in-the-nation law would have created too large of an obstacle for women in the … [read more]

Legal News
15 Jun 2015
by Devin Montgomery

The US Supreme Court [official website] granted certiorari [order list, PDF] Monday in Dollar General v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians [docket; cert. petition, PDF] on whether tribal courts can hear civil cases involving non-Indian businesses that have contractual agreements with the tribe. The case involves a sexual harassment claim … [read more]

Legal News
15 Apr 2015
by Sarah Boehme

The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF] unanimously Wednesday that elected officials do not have the right to open municipal council meetings with a prayer. The country's top court found [National Post report] that reciting a Catholic prayer at council meetings is unconstitutional and infringes on freedom … [read more]

Legal News
9 Apr 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] A California senate committee on Wednesday approved a bill [SB 227] that would prohibit parents of school children from citing their personal beliefs as a reason to let the children remain unvaccinated. The proposed legislation, introduced by Senators Dr. Richard Pan and Ben Allen [official websites], would continue to … [read more]

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