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Academic Commentary
17 Nov 2015
by James G. Hodge of Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnists James G. Hodge Jr. of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University and Doug Campos-Outcalt of the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix discuss the potential to legally limit anti-vaccination messages widely disseminated by political candidates...Heard enough about the potential for childhood vaccines … [read more]

Legal News
14 Nov 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Friday granted certiorari [order, PDF] in Whole Woman's Health v. Cole [docket; cert. petition, PDF] to decide whether a Texas law [HB 2] passed in 2013 imposes an undue burden on the availability of abortion services in the state. Specifically, the Court … [read more]

Legal News
24 Jul 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

The US Third Court of Appeals [official website] on Friday dismissed [opinion, PDF] one of two criminal charges filed against former Texas governor Rick Perry last year.The court stated that the coercion of a public servant [Texas Penal Code Chapter 36] charge Perry had faced infringed upon his constitutional right … [read more]

Legal News
26 May 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court [official website] agreed Tuesday to rule in a major voter equality case, noting jurisdiction [order list, PDF] in Evenwel v. Abbott [docket; jurisdictional statement, PDF]. The question presented is: "whether the 'one-person, one-vote' principle of the Fourteenth Amendment creates a judicially enforceable right ensuring that the … [read more]

21 Apr 2015

JURIST Editorial Coordinator Arjun Mishra interviews famous Constitutional law scholar and author, Kenji Yoshino. Kenji Yoshino is one of the most prominent scholars of the Constitution and the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at New York University School of Law. His main areas of expertise are anti-discrimination … [read more]

Legal News
10 Mar 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] A bipartisan group of three US Senators on Tuesday announced legislation to end the federal ban on medical marijuana. The bill, called the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act, was announced by senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Rand Paul (R-KY) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) [official websites]. If … [read more]

Legal News
29 Jan 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] A Texas state judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss [order] criminal charges against former governor Rick Perry [personal website]. The charges came after Perry threatened to veto $7.5 million dollars in funds if Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg did not resign her position after an arrest for driving … [read more]

Legal News
8 Jan 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Federal appeals court judges heard arguments Wednesday on a restrictive Texas abortion law that critics say would close more than half the state's remaining abortion clinics. A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] is reviewing the law [HB 2], which requires … [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]

Academic Commentary
29 Oct 2014
by Charles Rhodes of South Texas College of Law
edited by Christina Alam

JURIST Guest Columnist Charles W. "Rocky" Rhodes, of the South Texas College of Law, analyzes valid and invalid grounds for challenging the Texas voter photo identification law under the Texas ConstitutionThe Texas voter photo identification law, which requires qualified, registered voters to present one of seven specified forms of picture … [read more]

Legal News
22 Oct 2014
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The Arizona Court of Appeals [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA) [text] does not protect legal medical marijuana users from being charged with driving under the influence (DUI). The court reviewed the appeal submitted by Travis Darrah, a legal medical marijuana license … [read more]

Legal News
15 Oct 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday placed a hold on a Texas law that would have forced several abortion clinics to close. The bill [HB 2] requires any physician performing an abortion to have active admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the location where … [read more]

Legal News
7 Oct 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri [official website] ruled Monday that a tactic employed by police to control protesters in Ferguson, Missouri is unconstitutional and issued a preliminary injunction [text, PDF] to stop the practice. Police were forcing peaceful protesters to keep … [read more]

Legal News
6 Oct 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday denied seven pending appeals [order list, PDF], rejecting calls for a nationwide ruling on same-sex marriage. The rebuff puts into effect three federal appeals decisions, legalizing same-sex marriage in Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, Wisconsin and Indiana. Other states including Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, … [read more]

Legal News
3 Oct 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] on Thursday stayed [opinion, PDF] the enforcement of an injunction of a Texas law that would restrict access to abortion clinics. The bill [HB 2, text] requires any physician performing an abortion to have active admitting privileges at … [read more]

Legal News
25 Sep 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The Pennsylvania State Senate [official website] approved legislation Thursday that would legalize several forms of medical marijuana. Senate Bill 1182 [legislative documents], proposed by state senator Daylin Leach [official website], passed with strong support 43-7 [Senate Roll Call] and will now proceed to the State House of Representatives. The … [read more]

Student Commentary
23 Sep 2014
by Omar Subat of St. John's University School of Law
edited by Michael Finley

JURIST Guest Columnist Omar Subat, St. John's University School of Law, Class of 2015, is the author of the second article in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Subat discusses the US Supreme Court's decision in Hollingsworth v. Perry holding that … [read more]

Legal News
1 Sep 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] On Sunday Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott [official website] filed a motion [motion, PDF] in the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] to delay the enforcement of a recent district court ruling [JURIST report] that struck down state law that imposed new regulations on abortion … [read more]

Legal News
30 Aug 2014
by Ann Schober

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Texas [official website] on Friday struck down [AP report] a provision of a sweeping state anti-abortion law [text, PDF] that Texas Governor Rick Perry [official website] signed into law in 2013. The provision, requiring Texas abortion clinics … [read more]

Legal News
21 Aug 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Texas Governor Rick Perry [official website] on Wednesday pleaded not guilty [waiver of arraignment, PDF] to two felony charges for abuse of power [indictment, PDF]. The jury charged Perry with abusing his power [JURIST report] to intimidate former District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg to step down from her position in … [read more]

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