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Academic Commentary
3 days ago
by Kermit Roosevelt of University of Pennsylvania Law School
edited by Dave Rodkey

JURIST Guest Columnist Kermit Roosevelt of the University of Pennsylvania Law School discusses abortion rights in America ...In 1973, over 40 years ago now, the US Supreme Court entered the abortion fray in Roe v. Wade. Roe offered the nation the court's view of the competing interests in the abortion … [read more]


Legal News
4 days ago
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Pennsylvania's Supreme Court [official website] on Friday refused [opinion, PDF] to reinstate Attorney General Kathleen Kane's [official website] law license while investigations persist into her alleged leak of grand jury materials. Kane requested that the court reinstate her law license while she fights the charges. In support of reinstatement, … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jan 2016
by Emelina Perez

The Pennsylvania Superior Court [official website] on Friday, in three separate opinions, overturned several charges for three Pennsylvania State University [official website] administrators accused of playing a role in covering up the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal. The defendants argued that a former lawyer of the university, Cynthia Baldwin, should … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jan 2016
by Kasey Tuttle

Alabama death row inmate Christopher Brooks was executed Thursday night after the US Supreme Court denied [order, PDF] his appeal [JURIST report] for a stay of execution on the grounds that the sentencing was unconstitutional. Brooks argued that Alabama's death-penalty system is identical to Florida's, which the Supreme Court ruled … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jan 2016
by Miracle Jones

Christopher Brooks, an Alabama man scheduled for execution by lethal injection appealed [text, PDF] to the US Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday for a stay of execution on the grounds that the sentencing procedure is unconstitutional. Brooks was sentenced to death [AL report] for the burglary, rape and murder … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jan 2016
by Taylor Gillan

Florida State Attorney Jeff Ashton [profile] is requesting that state judges temporarily delay death penalty case trials after the US Supreme Court [official website] ruling [opinion, PDF] that Florida's capital sentencing scheme violates the Sixth Amendment. The request, he stated, is being made as a precaution [AP report] until lawmakers … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jan 2016
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Florida's Supreme Court [official website] on Friday denied a request [motion, pdf] from a death row inmate to delay his execution in light of the recent US Supreme Court [official website] ruling that Florida's capital sentencing scheme was unconstitutional [JURIST report] under the Sixth Amendment. Cary Michael Lambrix was … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jan 2016
by Alexis Wheeler

A judge for the Superior Court of California in the County of San Francisco [official website] ruled [order, PDF] Thursday that requiring a Catholic hospital to perform a tubal ligation sterilization would violate its religious freedom. The plaintiff, Rebecca Chamorro, requested to have the procedure performed at the hospital after … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2016
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 8-1 Monday in Hurst v. Florida [docket] that Florida's capital sentencing scheme violates the Sixth Amendment. The Florida law [text] states that in a sentencing hearing, the jury hears the evidence and votes on an "advisory sentence," but in a … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jan 2016
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Texas Governor Greg Abbott [official profile] on Friday called for [press release] nine new amendments to the US Constitution [text] in an effort to shrink the size of the federal government. Speaking at a political event in Austin, Texas, Abbott cited the intent of the founders in calling for … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jan 2016
by Taylor Gillan

The Obama administration on Monday called on [brief, PDF] the US Supreme to strike down a recently passed Texas abortion law which the administration argues will harm women's health. According to US Solicitor General Donald Verrilli [official profile], the law would continue to close [Reuters report] many of the state's … [read more]


Legal News
31 Dec 2015
by Alexis Wheeler

The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania [official website] ruled [text, PDF] Wednesday that the state's lifetime ban on convicted criminals gaining full-time employment in nursing homes and long-term care facilities was unconstitutional. The unanimous decision supported the plaintiffs' claim that section 503(a) of the Older Adults Protective Services Act [text] violated … [read more]


Legal News
22 Dec 2015
by Justin Cosgrove

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court [official website] on Monday upheld [opinion, PDF] the authority of Governor Tom Wolf [official website] to postpone executions in the commonwealth. The unanimous decision came after Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams petitioned [JURIST report] the court to reject reprieves as an unconstitutional intrusion of state executive … [read more]


Legal News
20 Nov 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Pennsylvania Supreme Court [official website] on Wednesday upheld [opinion, PDF] a state law [Act 47] that bars an individual front bringing a "wrongful birth" lawsuit. With all justices joining the majority opinion, the court dismissed Rebecca and Lawerence Sernovitz's claim. The couple challenged Act 47 after they claimed … [read more]


Legal News
17 Nov 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] has ordered [text, PDF] a US House of Representatives committee and a former staffer to cooperate with an insider trading investigation into a health care policy leak. Judge Paul Gardephe ordered the enforcement … [read more]


Legal News
12 Nov 2015
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] New York Governor Andrew Cuomo [official profile] signed two bills [materials] on Wednesday in order to expedite the distribution of medical marijuana to citizens with critical health conditions. Though statewide medical marijuana distribution will begin in January, the governor and lawmakers [JURIST reports] acknowledged that at-risk patients may require … [read more]


Features
2 Nov 2015
by Christopher Dellana

The response to ride-sharing has varied across states. The responses range from proposed nomenclature changes publicized on social media by the Associated Press Stylebook, to stronger oversight aimed at compelling compliance with state laws regarding inspections and other market regulations. A principal legal obstacle in the ride-sharing debate is how … [read more]


Features
2 Nov 2015
by Michael Roberts

Regulation of the transportation industry has its origins in earliest days of the United States, when the states regulated transportation. At the time of the nation's declaration of independence, the country was sorely in need of roads. President George Washington publicly supported the construction of roads, to foster settlement of … [read more]


Legal News
25 Oct 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] US Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara [official profile] on Thursday dropped [press release] a high-profile insider trading case, stating that he is moving to dismiss the charges against seven defendants. The defendants are former SAC Capital Advisors LP (now Point72 Asset Management) [official website] … [read more]


Academic Commentary
13 Oct 2015
by Katrice Bridges of Penn State Law at University Park
edited by Cassandra Baubie

JURIST Guest Columnist Katrice Bridges Copeland of Penn State Law at University Park discusses the controversy surrounding the Department of Justices' failure to prosecute corporations and those associated with corporate fraud following the Financial Crisis of 2008... The Department of Justice (DOJ) has received a great deal of criticism for … [read more]

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