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Legal News
9 Jul 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals [official website] on Wednesday set the execution [Oklahoma execution policy, PDF] dates of three inmates who had previously challenged the use of the drug that will be used in their lethal injections. This is the highest criminal court in Oklahoma. Although the inmates … [read more]


Legal News
4 Jun 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The government of California on Wednesday agreed to a settlement [text] that may lead to the state reinstating the use of its death chamber. Under the terms of the settlement the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) [official website] will provide new regulatory standards for lethal injections after … [read more]


Legal News
28 May 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Nebraska on Wednesday became the first Republican-controlled state to repeal the death penalty [Bill 268, PDF] since 1973. Governor Pete Ricketts [official campaign website] vetoed the bill on Tuesday, but after a vote Wednesday afternoon, the state officially repealed capital punishment [press release]. A sentence of life without parole … [read more]


Legal News
21 May 2015
by Sarah Boehme

Nebraska lawmakers voted 32-15 Wednesday to approve a bill [LB 268 materials] abolishing the death penalty. Earlier in April Nebraska lawmakers voted 30-13 in favor [JURIST report] of the legislation to repeal the death penalty and replace it with life imprisonment in first-degree murder cases. Governor Pete Ricketts [official website], … [read more]


Legal News
13 May 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The Pennsylvania Senate [official website] voted Tuesday to approve a bill [SB 3 materials] that could bring medical marijuana to the state. The bill will now head to the House [official website] for consideration where proponents are optimistic it will have more success this year than the bill's predecessor … [read more]


Legal News
4 May 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Puerto Rican Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla [official website, in Spanish] on Sunday signed an executive order [press release, in Spanish] legalizing medical marijuana. The order refers to several US studies that show the therapeutic use of the plant in treating different medical conditions including pain associated with AIDS, glaucoma, … [read more]


Legal News
21 Apr 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled Tuesday that extending an already completed traffic stop in order to conduct a drug sniff violates the Constitution [text] as an unreasonable seizure. In a 6-3 decision by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the majority held in Rodriguez v. United States [opinion, PDF] … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] Nebraska lawmakers voted 30-13 Thursday in favor of legislation [LB 268 materials] that would repeal the death penalty and replace it with life imprisonment in first-degree murder cases. Nebraska currently has 11 men sitting on death row but no way of executing them because its supply of sodium thiopental … [read more]


Legal News
16 Apr 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Georgia Governor Nathan Deal [official profile] signed House Bill 1 [text] on Thursday to legalize medical marijuana in the US state of Georgia. The approved legislation is effective immediately and allows for patients suffering from cancer, Crohn's disease, glaucoma and other serious ailments to receive 20 fluid ounces or … [read more]


Legal News
8 Apr 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The Arizona Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in two separate decisions that courts cannot prohibit parolees from using medical marijuana when used for medical purposes under the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA). The AMMA was passed by the legislature in 2010, and both plaintiffs obtained registry identification cards because of … [read more]


Legal News
3 Apr 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Fifteen states, led by Louisiana, urged [amicus brief, PDF] the US Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday to uphold same-sex marriage bans. The brief asserts that voters should decide for themselves whether to allow same-sex marriages in their respective states. Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Oklahoma, Utah and West … [read more]


Professional Commentary
30 Mar 2015
by Roxane Peyser of Law Office of Roxane Peyser

JURIST Guest Columnist Roxane Peyser of the Law Office of Roxane Peyser in Lyons, Colorado discusses the issues in question concerning challenges to Colorado's legalization of marijuana...The requirement that a plaintiff have standing is derived from Article III of the Constitution, limiting federal courts to adjudicate actual cases and controversies. … [read more]


Legal News
30 Mar 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman [official website] on Friday filed a brief [motion, PDF] urging the US Supreme Court [official website] to throw out a lawsuit by Nebraska and Oklahoma challenging Colorado's marijuana legalization law. Nebraska and Oklahoma argue [JURIST report] that the legal sale of marijuana in Colorado … [read more]


Academic Commentary
21 Mar 2015
by Eric Berger of University of Nebraska College of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Eric Berger, of the University of Nebraska College of Law, considers whether the US Supreme Court is ready to finally invalidate bans on same-sex marriages on the national scale and tries to predict what issues the US Supreme Court would address in such decision ...The US Supreme … [read more]


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]


Legal News
19 Mar 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton [official website] filed suit [complaint, PDF; press release] on Wednesday against the US Department of Labor (DOL) [official website] over a plan that would allow same-sex couples medical leave benefits. The proposed legislation involves the Family Medical Leave Act [DOL backgrounder], which requires employers … [read more]


Academic Commentary
17 Mar 2015
by W. David Ball of Santa Clara Law

JURIST Guest Columnist W. David Ball of Santa Clara Law, discusses the legal framework behind the Nebraska and Oklahoma law suit against Colorado to invalidate Colorado's marijuana law...In December 2014, Oklahoma and Nebraska took the unusual step of filing a complaint [PDF] in the US Supreme Court asking for a … [read more]


Academic Commentary
9 Mar 2015
by Mary Margaret Penrose of Texas A&M University School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Mary Margaret Penrose, of Texas A&M University School of Law, discusses the disarrayed nature of same-sex marriage law in the US today ... Molly Ivins, the renowned Texas satirist, once remarked, "The thing about democracy, beloveds, is that it is not neat, orderly or quiet. It requires … [read more]


Legal News
6 Mar 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit [official website] on Thursday stayed a ruling [JURIST report] of the US District Court for the District of Nebraska [official website], which would have allowed [Reuters report] same-sex couples in Nebraska to marry beginning on March 9. The case arose … [read more]


Legal News
5 Mar 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Sheriffs from Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] Thursday challenging Colorado's recreational marijuana law. The sheriffs are asking the court to strike down Amendment 64, the legislation legalizing the sale of recreational marijuana, and to close Colorado's licensed marijuana retailers. Plaintiffs argue that the amendment is … [read more]

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