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Legal News
30 Jun 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court on Tuesday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in four cases. The court will rule on Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin v. United States [docket; cert petition, PDF] and decide whether the D.C. Circuit misapplied the Supreme Court's Holland v. Florida [opinion] decision when it ruled … [read more]


Legal News
21 Apr 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday in favor of Learjet and other natural gas retail purchasers in their action against interstate natural gas pipeline ONEOK, finding that the Natural Gas Act [text] does not provide the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [official website] exclusive control over … [read more]


Legal News
16 Apr 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Alabama and 12 other states filed an amicus brief [text, PDF; press release] with the US Supreme Court [official website] on Wednesday in support of the three-drug combination being used in Oklahoma for executions. Lethal injection executions in many states have been put on hold until the Supreme Court … [read more]


Features
7 Feb 2015

In the wake of Windsor, there has been a series of challenges to various states' statutory and constitutional bans on same-sex marriage. When Windsor was decided, same-sex marriage had been legalized in only 12 states and the District of Columbia. Many of these states had passed legislation legalizing same-sex marriage, … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jan 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton [official website] announced [press release] on Monday that both Nevada and Tennessee have joined the state-led coalition in its suit against the Obama administration [official website] over November's executive action [text] on immigration. This brings the total number of states involved to 26, meaning … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jan 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan [official website] on Thursday issued a preliminary order [text, PDF] forcing the state to recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed on March 22, 2014. The couples wed a day after US District Judge Bernard Friedman … [read more]


Student Commentary
14 Jan 2015
by Pauline Wein of Valparaiso University Law School

JURIST Guest Columnist Pauline Wein, Valparaiso University Law School Class of 2016, discusses why sex workers should be paid even though their work is illegal...Suppose your employer fails to pay you for work you have done. The US Department of Labor states that your employer owes you back pay and … [read more]


Legal News
4 Jan 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The governor of Idaho and his Attorney General on Saturday separately filed [governor's petition, attorney general's petition, PDF] petitions to the US Supreme Court [official website] to appeal a court decision legalizing same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive] in Idaho. The petitions appeal an October decision [JURIST report] by the … [read more]


Legal News
14 Dec 2014
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine [official website] and State Solicitor Eric Murphy on Friday issued a asked [response, PDF] the US Supreme Court to uphold the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official websites] decision declaring Ohio's same-sex marriage ban constitutional. The officials cited the judge's opinion … [read more]


Legal News
22 Nov 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] A federal judge for the US District Court for the District of New Jersey [official website] on Friday ruled [opinion, PDF] that New Jersey cannot partially lift a prohibition on sports betting, a move the state was taking to boost the struggling horse racing and casino industries. The Professional … [read more]


Legal News
20 Nov 2014
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Montana [official website] ruled [order] Wednesday Montana's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional because it violates the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. In the order US District Court Judge Brian Morris stated that Montana was the … [read more]


Legal News
20 Nov 2014
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] refused [order, PDF] a request to block same-sex marriages in South Carolina on Thursday, making it the thirty-fifth US state [website] where same-sex marriage is legal. The lower court in South Carolina had lifted the state's same-sex marriage ban earlier this month, and … [read more]


Legal News
19 Nov 2014
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson [official profile] on Tuesday requested an emergency stay [application, PDF] postponing same-sex marriage in the state. The request comes after the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit refused to block [order, PDF] same-sex marriage in the state. Wilson requested that Chief … [read more]


Legal News
18 Nov 2014
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] was asked Monday to review same-sex marriage cases from Kentucky and Michigan [cert. petitions, PDF] following a US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website] ruling that upheld bans. Same-sex couples in both states states submitted petitions asking the high court … [read more]


Legal News
13 Nov 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan [official website] on Wednesday struck down [opinion] a Michigan law limiting the benefits received by same-sex partners in local government and public schools. Judge David Lawson blocked the law more than a year ago with an … [read more]


Legal News
12 Nov 2014
by Taylor Brailey

A judge for the US District Court for the District of South Carolina [official website] ordered [opinion, PDF] state officials on Wednesday to stop enforcing South Carolina's same-sex marriage ban. Judge Richard Mark Gergel based this decision on a recent US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit opinion on … [read more]


Legal News
6 Nov 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website] on Thursday upheld [opinion, PDF] same-sex marriage bans in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. The three-judge panel ruled 2-1 that a change in the traditional definition of marriage as between one man and one woman should come from the … [read more]


Legal News
6 Nov 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Nevada citizens on Tuesday voted to approve the creation of an appellate court in Nevada [amendment text]. Previously, the state's 10 district courts could hear appeals from municipal and justice courts, but the Nevada Supreme Court [official website] was required to hear appeals from cases originating in district courts, … [read more]


Legal News
26 Oct 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official website] on Saturday announced [press release] that the federal government will recognize same sex marriage in six additional states. The addition of Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming will now bring the total number of states recognizing same-sex marriage to … [read more]


Legal News
23 Oct 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The governor of Idaho CL "Butch" Otter [official website] filed a petition [text, PDF] Tuesday night asking for the entire US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] to review an earlier Ninth Circuit ruling [text, PDF] against the Idaho constitution's definition of marriage. The petition is … [read more]

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