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Academic Commentary
2 days ago
by Eric Johnson of University of Illinois College of Law
edited by Alix Ware

JURIST Guest Columnist Eric A. Johnson of University of Illinois School of Law discusses the recent Criminal Code Improvement Act ... In November 2015, the House Judiciary Committee voted to send "The Criminal Code Improvement Act of 2015" [PDF] to the House floor. The bill would, among other things, add … [read more]

Legal News
2 days ago
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The Maryland Senate [official website] on Tuesday overrode a veto by Governor Larry Hogan [official website] to pass bill [materials] that will allow felons to vote before they complete parole or probation. Sixty percent of the Democrat-dominated Senate voted in favor of overriding the veto, which is the exact … [read more]

Legal News
16 Jan 2016
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court of the Middle District of North Carolina [official website] on Friday declined to grant [opinion, PDF] a motion by the NAACP [advocacy website] and other plaintiffs that would have kept the state from implementing their voter identification law in the upcoming March … [read more]

Legal News
28 Dec 2015
by Justin Cosgrove

District Judge Edward Chen [official profile] for the Northern District of California [official website] last Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] that California's policy for reimbursing out-of-state hospitals that care for California Medicaid (Medi-Cal) patients is unconstitutional. Hospitals in Oregon, Nevada, and Arizona sued the California Department of Health Care Services [official … [read more]

Legal News
3 Dec 2015
by Kasey Tuttle

The NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund (LDF) [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] Wednesday asking Alabama to loosen the discriminatory burdens resulting from their voter photo identification law. The law's purported purpose is to prevent voter fraud by requiring voters to present a photo ID prior to voting. … [read more]

Legal News
13 Nov 2015
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] announced [official website] Friday that it has reached an agreement with Alabama, under which Alabama has committed to comply with US laws requiring motor vehicle agencies to register eligible voters. More specifically, Alabama has agreed to provide voter registration opportunities in all … [read more]

Legal News
11 Nov 2015
by Gwenyth Gamble

A White House spokesperson on Tuesday expressed President Barack Obama's support for legislationy [press briefing] that would ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity through an amendment to the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The legislation had been under consideration for several weeks, and the White House … [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
20 Oct 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin [official website] on Monday denied [order, PDF] a request by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] to expand the list of types of photo identification accepted at polls in the state. Judge Lynn Adelman … [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
25 Sep 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A North Carolina Superior Court [official website] judge on Wednesday refused to dismiss [order, PDF] a case challenging the state's new voter identification requirement. Recently, North Carolina reformed its voter ID law [text, PDF] by creating a provision that states that if one has "reasonable impediment" to receiving a … [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
4 Sep 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Thursday reinstated [opinion, PDF] a case claiming Nevada has failed to provide voter registration services to its low-income citizens, as required under Section 7 of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993. The district court originally dismissed … [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
27 Aug 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The Minnesota Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] on Wednesday that requiring a person to show photographic identification before entering a courtroom does not constitute a "partial courtroom closure" and "was too trivial to constitute a true closure." The defendant, who was convicted for the shooting of three … [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
21 Aug 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner [official website] signed the Youth Mental Health Protection Act [materials] into law on Thursday prohibiting [AP report] licensed therapists from attempting to change the sexual orientation of anyone under 18 years of age. State Senator Daniel Biss [official website], one of the sponsors of the … [read more]

Academic Commentary
11 Aug 2015
by Nancy Marcus of Indiana Tech Law School
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Nancy Marcus of Indiana Tech Law School discusses religious freedom in the US...In a recent battle between reproductive rights and religious freedom, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Stormans, Inc. v. Wiesman rejected claims brought by a pharmacy owner and two pharmacists seeking … [read more]

Legal News
7 Aug 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A panel for the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] on Wednesday ruled [opinion, PDF] that a Texas voter identification law [SB14 summary] discriminated against blacks and Hispanics and violated Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA) [DOJ summary]. The law, which … [read more]

Legal News
31 Jul 2015
by Sarah Boehme

A federal judge in Alaska ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday that Greenpeace USA will be fined $2,500 for every hour that protesters block a Royal Dutch Shell vessel from leaving Portland. The protesters [press release] have been suspending themselves from a bridge and kayakers have been blocking the river to try … [read more]

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