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Legal News
6 days ago
by Gwenyth Gamble

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] began its review the San Francisco police department [official website] on Monday. The review was initiated [AP report] in the aftermath of the filmed shooting of Mario Woods, an African American male, by San Francisco policemen in December. After the video was … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jan 2016
by Justin Cosgrove

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana (ACLU) [advocacy website] and the Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services Commission (IPAS) [advocacy website] reached a settlement agreement [document, PDF] on Wednesday with the Department of Corrections [official website] over the treatment of mentally ill prisoners. The ACLU of Indiana and IPAS filed … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jan 2016
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Friday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in eight new cases for this term. In McDonnell v. United States [SCOTUSblog backgrounder], the Supreme Court is asked to decide the meaning of "official action" under the fraud statutes used to convict former Virginia governor … [read more]


Legal News
29 Dec 2015
by Justin Cosgrove

An Ohio grand jury decided on Monday not to indict two officers involved in a 2014 shooting [Washington Post report] resulting in the death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. In November 2014 officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback were dispatched to investigate an emergency call about a "guy with a gun" … [read more]


Legal News
7 Dec 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Monday announced [press release] that it will be opening a full investigation into the Chicago Police Department (CPD) [official website] following the 2014 police shooting death of a black teenager. US Attorney General Loretta Lynch [official profile] said at the … [read more]


Legal News
26 Nov 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder on Tuesday for the death of black teenager Laquan McDonald in October 2014. A graphic dashboard camera video of the shooting was also released [AFP report] Tuesday and sparked public outcry. City officials have been sharply criticized for … [read more]


Legal News
17 Nov 2015
by Miracle Jones

The Baltimore Police Department (BPD) [official website] on Monday publicly released an independent report [text PDF] detailing issues with the police response during the April civil unrest, including lack of clear guidance and inadequate protective gear. The report, prpared by the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) [advocacy website], enumerated failures … [read more]


Academic Commentary
17 Nov 2015
by James G. Hodge of Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnists James G. Hodge Jr. of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University and Doug Campos-Outcalt of the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix discuss the potential to legally limit anti-vaccination messages widely disseminated by political candidates...Heard enough about the potential for childhood vaccines … [read more]


Legal News
4 Nov 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday night halted [order, PDF] the execution of Missouri death row inmate Ernest Johnson pending the decision of the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit [official website] on Johnson's appeal. Johnson's attorney argues[appeal, PDF] that his client will suffer undue … [read more]


Legal News
20 Oct 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Three former detainees filed a lawsuit [complaint] Monday against the City of Chicago [official website] and a number of Chicago police officers for alleged abuse at an "off the books" detention center. The lawsuit alleges abuses at the Homan Center including: being denied food, water and access to a … [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
6 Oct 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral argument [day call, PDF] Monday on two cases. In Hawkins v. Community Bank of Raymore [transcript, PDF], the court heard arguments regarding the role of spouses as guarantors in credit applications. In this case, Community Bank of Raymore asked for a … [read more]


Legal News
27 Sep 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The New Jersey Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday ruled [opinion, PDF] to broaden police authority to search vehicles without a warrant based on probable cause. The ruling, which was decided 5-2, was praised by the state attorney general and others as good for effective law enforcement, but others … [read more]


Legal News
14 Sep 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A Ferguson, Missouri, reform panel on Monday released a report[text, PDF] calling for the consolidation of police departments and municipal courts. The 16-member Ferguson Commission [official website], established by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon [official website] following the shooting death of Michael Brown, an African American teenager, by a white … [read more]


Legal News
2 Sep 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Baltimore City Circuit Judge Barry Williams on Wednesday rejected motions to drop charges against six police officers implicated in the case of Freddie Gray, a black man who was injured in police custody and later died in April. The charges [JURIST report] against the officers range from second-degree murder … [read more]


Legal News
28 Aug 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] US District Judge Ralph Erickson of the US District Court of the District of North Dakota [official website] in Fargo on Thursday granted a preliminary injunction [order, PDF] against a rule granting the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Army Corps of Engineers [official websites] jurisdiction over small … [read more]


Legal News
25 Aug 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] A new Municipal Court judge in Ferguson, Missouri, on Tuesday ordered [press release] sweeping reforms of courtroom practices following a damning federal report of racial bias. Judge Donald McCullin handed down an order to withdraw all arrest warrants issued before December 31, 2014, as well as modifications to the … [read more]


Legal News
19 Aug 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Missouri [official website] on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] that a statute prohibiting convicted felons from possessing firearms does not violate the Missouri Constitution's [BallotPedia backgrounder] right to bear arms. The appellant, Santonio McCoy, was convicted under Section 571.070.1(1) [text] making it illegal for offenders convicted … [read more]


Legal News
13 Aug 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner [official website] on Wednesday signed into law the bill known as SB 1304 [materials] which includes the Law Enforcement Body Worn Camera Act, establishing sweeping regulations for police officers' use of body cameras while on duty. The bill will require Illinois drivers to pay an … [read more]


Legal News
7 Aug 2015
by Sarah Boehme

The Department of Justice [official website] announced [press release] Wednesday settlement with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on reforms to LA prisons in an attempt to improve care for mentally ill inmates. The agreement comes after a series of incidents where deputies were found to abuse mentally ill inmates … [read more]

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