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Legal News
4 Nov 2015
by Gwenyth Gamble

The French government on Wednesday lifted the prohibition [press release, PDF, in French] on blood donations by gay men. French Minister of Social Affairs, Health and Women's Rights Marisol Touraine [official website, in French], announced [statement, PDF, in French] that "[d]onating blood is an act of generosity, citizenship, which cannot … [read more]

Legal News
16 Sep 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A Canadian court on Tuesday ruled that women may be allowed to wear face-covering veils during swearing the oath of citizenship. The case, heard by a Federal Court of Appeal [official website], was brought by Zunera Ishaq against the Canadian government after she arrived from Pakistan in 2008 and … [read more]

Legal News
11 Jun 2015
by Devin Montgomery

The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] unanimously ruled [judgment] Thursday that a law restricting the medical use of marijuana to smoking the dried plant was unconstitutional. Under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act [text], smoking marijuana for medical purposes was permitted, but uses of the plant's extracts in other … [read more]

Legal News
14 May 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [official website] on Tuesday released a set of proposed guidelines [text, PDF] outlining a plan to end the national lifetime ban on blood donations from homosexual individuals. The ban, which many activists and medical groups say after 32 years in no longer justified, … [read more]

Legal News
29 Apr 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The European Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website] on Wednesday restricted [press release, PDF] bans on blood donations from homosexual men. Since 1983, France automatically and permanently banned blood donations from all men who had ever had sex with another man, calling it a measure of safety against spreading … [read more]

Legal News
15 Apr 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] ruled [judgment] Tuesday that the national law requiring minimum sentences for gun crimes is unconstitutional because it constitutes cruel and unusual punishment. The high court ruled 6-3 to affirm [Toronto Star report] a 2013 ruling on the issue. Section 95 of the … [read more]

Professional Commentary
5 Mar 2014
by Hanni Fakhoury of Electronic Frontier Foundation
edited by Michael Muha

JURIST Guest Columnist Hanni Fakhoury of the Electronic Frontier Foundation questions whether the high court will use this latest opportunity to modernize Fourth Amendment protections...The US Supreme Court recently agreed to review two cases—United States v. Wurie and Riley v. California—dealing with the Fourth Amendment's application to new technologies. The … [read more]

Legal News
20 Dec 2013
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] on Friday struck down [judgment] three of the country's anti-prostitution laws, finding that they violated the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms [text]. While prostitution is not illegal in Canada, the laws at issue banned keeping a brothel, living on the avails … [read more]

Legal News
23 Nov 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] on Friday upheld [text] a ban on pharmacies selling their own generic drug brands. The ruling addresses the Drug Interchangeability and Dispensing Fee Act and the Ontario Drug Benefit Act [texts] which were meant to control the rising price of pharmaceuticals. Under … [read more]

Legal News
12 Nov 2013
by Amy Mathieu

[JURIST] The Court of Appeal for Ontario [official website] ruled Tuesday that Section 95 of the Criminal Code [text], which established a three-year minimum sentence [text, PDF] for the possession of an unlicensed firearm and a five-year minimum sentence [text, PDF] for the possession of an unlicensed firearm for repeat … [read more]

Legal News
8 Nov 2013
by Lauren Laing

[JURIST] Lawyers for former Guantanamo Bay inmate Omar Khadr [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] said Friday they are appealing a Canadian court ruling [text, PDF] that denied his habeas corpus application and held that his placement in a federal penitentiary is lawful. Khadr's lawyer, Dennis Edney, argues that Justice John … [read more]

Legal News
12 Oct 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] A Northern Ireland judge ruled [judgment summary] Friday that Health Minister Edwin Poots could not continue to enforce the lifetime ban on gay men donating blood, calling the law "irrational." The lifetime ban was introduced in the UK in the 1980s in an effort to prevent the spread of … [read more]

Academic Commentary
9 Sep 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Patrick Corbett of the Thomas M. Cooley Law School says that the Fifth Circuit's decision concerning cell site location information is constitutionally sound and that, for the time being, lower courts will have to work through its related privacy implications without the Supreme Court's direct guidance...In the … [read more]

Legal News
2 Aug 2013
by G. Redd

[JURIST] Illinois Governor Pat Quinn [official website] on Thursday signed [press release] House Bill 1 [text] into law, making Illinois the twenty-first state to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes. The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act is one of the strictest laws to do so, requiring users of the drug … [read more]

Legal News
6 Jul 2013
by Blake Lynch

[JURIST] The Ontario Superior Court [official website] on Friday acquitted Jacques Mungwarere of one count of genocide by murder and one count of crimes against humanity by murder. The charges arose from Mungwarere's alleged involvement in a massacre during the 1994 Rwandan genocide [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Judge Michel … [read more]

Legal News
13 Jun 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] A federal judge on Tuesday struck down a Colorado law that would have required businesses to place marijuana related magazines behind counters. Judge Richard Matsch of the US District Court for the District of Colorado [official website] ordered [Reuters report] a permanent injunction against Amendment 64 [text, PDF] which … [read more]

Legal News
5 Jun 2013
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] There is a racial bias in marijuana possession arrest rates press release], with black people 3.7 times more likely to be arrested than white people, according to a report [text, PDF] released Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website]. The report is the first of its … [read more]

Legal News
29 May 2013
by Lauren Laing

[JURIST] Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper [official website] on Tuesday signed a new set of laws regulating the use and sale of recreational marijuana. One law expands [HB13-1317, PDF] the medical marijuana enforcement division [official website] to encompass retail marijuana. The law also prohibits retail marijuana stores from selling more than … [read more]

Legal News
25 May 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] Puerto Rico's House of Representatives on Thursday approved a bill that prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender or sexual orientation in places of employment. According to media sources, the bill originally included protections for commercial transactions, housing, governmental services, and public accommodations, but the Senate voted [AP report] … [read more]

Legal News
18 May 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The Illinois Senate [official website] passed a bill [text] on Friday that would allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes in the state, subject to strict regulations. The bill indicates that marijuana may only be used for specified medical conditions, and is intended to be regulated through dosage … [read more]

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