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Legal News
13 Nov 2015
by Alexis Wheeler

A federal judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Arkansas [official website] ruled [opinion] against Thursday that a nativity scene on Baxter County Courthouse grounds violates the First Amendment. The lawsuit was filed by the American Humanist Association (AHA) [advocacy website] on behalf of a Mountain … [read more]

Legal News
8 Nov 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] President Barack Obama [official website] on Friday announced [press release] that he has rejected a request from a Canadian company to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The president cited climate change as the primary reason in which he is not allowing construction of the pipeline, which was proposed … [read more]

Academic Commentary
28 Oct 2015
by Sallie Thieme Sanford of University of Washington
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Sallie Thieme Sanford of University of Washington School of Law discusses the decisive impact of the most recent Supreme Court ACA decision on the Marketplaces and also on state decisions regarding Medicaid expansion. She argues that the Court's decision in King v. Burwell not only averted the … [read more]

Professional Commentary
24 Oct 2015
by Margaret Dore of Law Offices of Margaret K. Dore
edited by Maria Coladonato

JURIST Guest Columnist Margaret Dore argues that a new law to legalize assisted suicide is a recipe for elder abuse and family trauma, and that it will encourage people with years to live to throw away their lives...California has passed a bill to legalize physician-assisted suicide, which is scheduled to … [read more]

Legal News
6 Oct 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] California Governor Jerry Brown [official profile] on Monday signed [press release] legislation [text] that provides terminally ill patients the right to die. Brown stated, "[t]he crux of the matter is whether the State of California should continue to make it a crime for a dying person to end his … [read more]

Legal News
12 Sep 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The California State Legislature [official website] on Friday approved the End of Life Option Act [ABX2-15] by a vote of 23-14. The measure would allow doctors to provide terminally ill patients with and aid-in-dying drug that a patient takes with the purpose of ending his or her own life. … [read more]

Legal News
1 Sep 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that a six-foot-tall statue of Jesus may remain on US Forest Service land. The Freedom From Religion Foundation [advocacy website] filed the suit claiming that the statue, located atop Whitefish Mountain in Montana, violated … [read more]

Legal News
31 Aug 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The Indian Supreme Court [official website] on Monday stayed an order from the Rajasthan High Court [official website] that would have made the practice of Santhara [Hindustan Times report], or voluntarily fasting to death practiced by the Jains [BBC backgrounder], a crime. The Rajasthan High Court said that there … [read more]

Legal News
28 Aug 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Three individuals in a polygynous domestic relationship on Friday filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] in the US District Court for the District of Montana [official website], challenging Montana's law [text] banning polygamy, following Yellowstone County officials' denial of a marriage license to them. The three wish for their polygamous … [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
26 Aug 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] against New Jersey Tuesday, deciding 2-1 to uphold the federal ban on sports betting in all but four states. New Jersey has been trying to legalize sports betting at its casinos and racetracks since 2009, … [read more]

Legal News
18 Aug 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement [official website] announced [press release] on Monday that it has approved a permit for Royal Dutch Shell [official website] to drill off the coast of Alaska in the Arctic Ocean. Shell was approved because it acquired a piece of equipment designed to … [read more]

Legal News
15 Aug 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The US Department of Commerce [official website] on Friday agreed to allow limited crude oil trading with Mexico, easing a ban on crude exports that has been in place for 40 years. Members of the US Congress was informed by the Department of Commerce [official website] that it plans … [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
5 Jun 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] on Friday upheld [judgment; press release, PDF] a French court's decision allowing Vincent Lambert the right to die, stating it did not violate article 2 of European Convention on Human Rights. Lambert was in a car accident seven years ago … [read more]

Legal News
5 Jun 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The California Senate [official website] on Thursday voted 23-14 to approve a controversial right to die bill [SB 128 materials]. The bill would protect doctors who aide individuals with terminal conditions in dying. The bill's impact is limited to patients who pass a mental competency test are have less … [read more]

Legal News
22 May 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] An 84-year old attorney, businessman and political candidate filed a lawsuit in a Tennessee court on Wednesday, challenging a law that makes it a felony for a doctor or another person helps someone commit suicide. John Jay Hooker, who once ran for Tennessee governor and worked for Robert F. … [read more]

Academic Commentary
3 May 2015
by Kimberly Mutcherson of Rutgers School of Law-Camden
edited by Cassandra Baubie

JURIST Guest Columnist Kimberly Mutcherson of Rutgers School of Law-Camden, discusses the controversy over whether there should or must be a constitutional right allowing the terminally-ill to engage in physician assisted deaths ..."Despite decades of agitation, public education, lobbying and sporadic media attention, the right for a terminally-ill person to … [read more]

Legal News
30 Apr 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] A South African judge ruled Thursday that a terminally ill man has a right to assisted suicide with no legal or professional consequences for the participating doctor. Euthanasia is illegal in South Africa, and the decision is the first of its kind. With the support of DignitySA [advocacy website], … [read more]

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